Mahogany African

General Info and Benefits

African Mahogany - Khaya ivorensis

General Description
• Heartwood is shades of pinkish red, darkening to reddish brown with exposure
• Sapwood is a creamy or yellowish white
• Grain usually interlocked, and dark grooves appear when cut longitudinally
• Used where a good quality, medium weight hardwood is needed

Physical Properties
• Janka Rating System = 2200 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• Tropical Africa and Madagascar

Relative Abundance
• Found in all the timber producing areas of West Africa from Ivory Coast to Gabon and Cabinda. Primarily it is found in the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Nigeria. Unlike other Khaya species which do not require much rainfall, it is reported to grow in the rain forest in low-lying areas within its range.
• More abundant than “genuine” mahogany

Did You Know?
• A genus of seven species of trees in the mahogany family Meliaceae. All species become big trees 100 -115 feet tall, rarely 145 feet, with a trunk over 40 inches in diameter, often buttressed at the base.
  • African Mahogany
    African Mahogany
    African Mahogany has a moderately straight grain pattern. This material can vary significantly between light brown and light red to deep brown and deep red. Of all types of Mahogany offered, this is our most popular choice.
  • African Mahogany Finish Grade
    African Mahogany Finish Grade
    African Mahogany Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • African Mahogany Ribbon Grain
    African Mahogany Ribbon Grain
    Ribbon Grain African Mahogany, also known as Quarter Sawn African Mahogany, shows a more "ribbon striped" appearance than straight grain African Mahogany. Its color can vary significantly from a light brown and light red to deep brown and deep red.
  • African Mahogany Ribbon Grain Finish Grade
    African Mahogany Ribbon Grain Finish Grade
    Ribbon Grain African Mahogany Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.