Fastest Growing Timber

Money spinning tree

melia dubia

Melia dubia (malai vempu/konda yappa) and kumil (gmelina arborea) are the fast growing species among timber varieties in the universe. Melia dubia originates from the Meliaceae family and is an indigenous species of tree to India, South East Asia and Australia, where it has been cultivated as a source of firewood. The tree can be cultivated in all types of soil and requiring a low supply of water on a daily basis. If you have a plot of land, which you consider is degraded land you can use it for growing Melia dubia.

Melia dubia has the unique feature of growing to 40 feet within two years from planting and can be mechanically pruned and harvested. As an energy crop, Melia dubia has the potential of yielding in excess 40 tonnes of biomass on average per acre per annum over a 10 year period (before replanting is required). Its high calorific value makes it a viable source of feedstock for biomass power plants.

The minimum cultivation period is six years onwards. The age of the tree is nine years. In addition, the trees also aid the planet by preventing temperature rise and checking gas emission into the atmosphere as the trees are naturally endowed to absorb maximum CO{-2}.

Melia is a money spinning tree of short duration. Block planting of 300 to 400 trees per acre can ensure a minimum profit of Rs one lakh per year from an acre. Intercultivation can be done with annual crops in the first three years and then spices such as pepper can be grown. Even if planted in a single row along the field bunds, about 60 trees can be planted at six feet spacing which will fetch an income of about Rs.2 lakhs in the sixth year. Under high density planting with 1,000 to 1,500 trees in an acre, a yield of 40 to 50 tonnes is possible from the second and third year of planting.

As the demand for Melia wood is quite high from the plywood industry, minimum profit of about Rs.40,000 per year from an acre can be ensured for the farmers. Regarding pest infestations affecting this variety is susceptible to root rot. Only optimum irrigation is required.

While planting the seedlings application of 2-3 kgs of vermicompost, 40 gms of Phosphobacteria, Azospirillum and Trichoderma Viride each in addition to 10-20 gms of Pseudomonas and 100 grams of VAM (vesicular arbuscular mycoriza) helps in promoting good growth.


28 thoughts on “Fastest Growing Timber

      1. eminentinfra

        Thanks for the prompt reply. From where I can get the saplings? Is it available in U.P.? What will be the cost? How many trees can be planted in acre? Can crops be grown in the field simultaneously? What are precautions to be taken?
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  1. karthick

    hi sir , i interested to plant the tree,but in my land there is only less water, so it wants to grown by rain . it is possible or not.

    1. hiraman

      hello karthik
      do tell me where are you from. you can get melia dubia from nurseries in south india. if u want i can give you some contacts.

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  3. Ganesh

    I m from mysore n planning to plant this tree. Where can I get the saplings from?
    I tried the local nurseries but they have only silver oak saplings not malia Dubia.

    1. hiraman

      check out Pugazhendi, President South Karnataka Tamil Sangam Federation
      Himavat Farms, PO Box 25, Gundalpattu 571111.Mobile: 09448054831

  4. Hi I am A Sivakumar,from Karaikudi,Tamilnadu,we are in the job of propagating the melia seedlings.The melia Dubia tree is magic tree in the world.The special salient feature is without adding any hitch only seed germination process is sufficient.the melia Dubia tree will attain the girth near about 100 centimeters minimum and 150 centimeters maximum on completion of seven years.

    A Sivakumar

    1. hiraman

      thanks for dropping by. Melia grows on any type of soil. But it would be appropriate to take the opinion of an expert which I’m not.

  5. shailendra shrivastava

    hi hiramanji i live in mp i wand seed of melia dubia for my 4acer fodderland my id is, i can found it in mp

    1. hiraman

      hello shaliendra
      Don’t know whether you can get them in MP> But you can surely get them in Karnataka, AP, TN and Kerala.

  6. Sreeram

    Hello…, I am from Andhra Pradesh, interested to start this plantation… Can u please give the full details.. Where I can get this plants n abt marketing n all
    Please Do reply me to my mailbox

    Thanks n regards

  7. Ravindranath Reddy Y

    I have planted around 21000 Melia Dubia near Hyderabad in Nov & Dec 2012 and the present height of plants are between 15ft to 18ft.

    Please forward your requirement & contact for further details to mail id:

  8. Ashwin

    Hello Mr Hiraman,

    I have 15 acres of land in Karnataka, Gowribidanur.. i was interested to plant Melia Dubia for 5 acres of land and seek more information on the availability of sapling and how many trees can be planted and connect details.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    Also, wanted to check if there are any buy back contracts available.

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