Summit teak comes from a tropical deciduous hardwood tree native to Southeast Asia. The teakwood tree (Tectona grandis) is plantation-grown on the Indonesian island of Java.
Teak is highly valued because of its beautiful grain and color and is preferred in shipbuilding and furniture making. Teak is strong and durable, almost immune to decay and contains an oil that is resistant to insects. The teakwood tree grows to 150 ft (46m) in height and is 3 to 8 ft (0.9 to 2.4m) in diameter at the base. The leaves are among the largest in the world, 2 ft (.61m) long and 1.5ft (.46m) wide. They yield a purple dye and are used for thatching and wrapping. The tree also produces small fragrant white flowers that grow in clusters and a fruit the size of a cherry that contains oily seeds.
Since 1987, Summit furniture has been manufactured from the finest quality sustainable, plantation-grown teak.