Afromosia heartwood is yellowish brown, occasionally with a reddish or olive-colored hue, darkening with age. Narrow sapwood is pale yellow and is clearly differentiated from the heartwood. The grain is usually straight, though it can be interlocked from board to board. Afromosia has a fine, uniform texture and good natural luster.

Janka Hardness:

1,570 lbf 

Average Dried Weight:

45.3 lbs/ft3 (725 kg/m3)


In nearly all regards, afrormosia is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though surfacing boards with interlocking grain may cause tearout. Other downsides include a slight blunting effect on cutting edges, and the development of dark stains if left in contact with iron in damp conditions. Afrormosia turns, glues, stains, and finishes well.