As we know that balsa business is broad among the construction fields. They are all light enough to use and they have the properties and advantages that other trees do not have. When it comes to the balsa trees,there are more detailed features to be understood. Ordinarily,balsa trees grow naturally in the humid rain forests of Central and South America and New Guinea. Ecuador,a small country,is a the primary source of model grade balsa.
A warm climate with plenty of rainfall and good drainage are the basic conditions for the balsa trees that they usually appear on the high ground between tropical rivers. Now,there was no such thing as forests of balsa trees. Most balsa trees are produced in plantations by growers. In the common forms,the trees grow singly or in very small, widely scattered groups in the jungle. We plant balsa trees for the reason of wide application in construction and building and so forth.
Where there is the demand,there is a market. It is the same with the balsa trees. For hundreds of years, balsa was actually considered a weed tree. During that period,the balsa trees reproduce by growing hundreds of long seed pods, which eventually open up and, with the help of the wind, scatter thousands of new seeds over a large area of the jungle. There they lay and accumulate until one day there is an opening in the jungle canopy large enough for the sun's rays to strike the jungle floor and start the seeds growing. They grow fast that they are ready to be cut,reaching a height up to 90 feet tall and a diameter up to 45 inches in six to ten years.
During World War I that the balsa trees are used in business when the allies were in need of a plentiful substitute for cork, used primarily in flotation devices. As a result of the balsa tree's fast growth cycle, both the quality and lightness of the timber obtained from a balsa tree can vary enormously depending upon the tree's age at the time of cutting. So it is important for us to know how to choose the proper balsa for use.