The bubinga wood, which is mainly found in West and Central Africa, has a strikingly beautiful texture. This results from slightly wavy stripes, which are created by the alternating twisted growth or narrow colour zones, or from a light to very lively grain. The colour is reddish brown to violet with dark stripes. The wood is striking and modern and is therefore often used for the design of luxury items, car interiors, etc.
Trade names and other names
Abbreviation DIN EN 13556: GUXX
Botanical name: Guibourtia demeusii
German: Bubinga, Kevanzingo
English: Bubinga, Kevanzingo
Technical wood properties
Weight fresh/green: 900 - 1100 kg/m³
Density air dry (12-15% u): 830 - 950 kg/m³
Tensile strength: 3.6 - 4.8 N/mm²
Compressive strength: 765 - 76 N/mm²
Flexural strength: 125 - 160 N/mm²
Shear strength: 10.6 - 12.6 N/mm²
Hardness according to Brinell BII: 80 N/mm²
Hardness according to Brinell: 30 - 45 N/mm²
Differential shrinkage (radial): 0.23%
Differential shrinkage (tangential): 0.37%
Natural durability (DIN-EN 350-2): 2, durable
Values of the technical properties of a wood species refer to a wood moisture content of u ≅12% to 15%. Data without guarantee.
Bubinga grows in West and Central Africa, in Eastern Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Congo.
Trunk and bark
The tree can reach a height of up to 50 m and a diameter of up to 150 cm.
Characteristics and wood colour
Scattered pores, pores medium to large, few in number. The medullary rays are very fine. The wood of Bubinga is reddish brown to purple with dark stripes. Sapwood white to light brownish.
Burmese padouk, pau rosa, rosewood
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- Wood science volume 1-3 | 1982 | Hans Heinrich Bosshard
- Properties and core sizes of wood species | 1989 | Jürgen Sell / Lignum Switzerland