The drying process gives the initially pinkish brown to light red wood an intense reddish brown colour. The pronounced alternating twisted growth gives the wood beautiful glossy stripes, which often run very narrowly and evenly. Numerous mirrors on the radial surfaces further enliven the wood's appearance.
Trade names and other names
Available veneer thicknesses
0.56, 0.9, 1.4, 2.4 mm, other thicknesses on request
Sapele mahogany is widespread in West and Central Africa.
Trunk and bark
The tree is straight-shafted and cylindrical, up to 30 in knot-free; ring peeling is possible.
Characteristics and wood colour
Coloured and on the surface only slightly porous wood with a particularly decorative appearance due to structure, colouring and gloss. Sapwood 3-8 cm wide, light grey to yellowish, heartwood initially pink to light red and clearly separated from the sapwood; after drying often darkens to deep reddish brown; on the whole less prone to colour variations than other species of the same genus.