Rosewood – African


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Botanical Name

Guibourtia coleosperma

Other Names

African Rosewood, False Mopane

Main Color Group


Grain Pattern




Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3


Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3


Janka Hardness - LBF


Janka Hardness - Newtons


African Rosewood is a species from the same genus as Bubinga (Guibourtia), which has led to Bubinga often mistakenly being referred to as “African Rosewood.” Though obviously not a true rosewood, it does often bear aesthetic similarities. The grain is generally straight but can be interlocked; its texture is moderately fine. The heartwood color ranges from pink to reddish-brown, with purple or red streaks / lines / highlights.

African Rosewood works well, although it can have a moderate blunting effect on tools. It glues and finishes well. It needs to be dried slowly and carefully, to prevent warping and cracking. It’s a durable wood and is considered stable, once dried.


Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Furniture, flooring, decking, architectural paneling & woodwork, veneer, interior trim, musical instruments, boatbuilding, turnings, small decorative and specialty items.

Comments: This wood has been used for a huge variety of roles in its native Africa. The tree, itself, and its budding flowers have been used for everything from cooking oils, to nutrional / healing drinks and even for producing a red dye which African craftsmen use for staining furniture.

The wood is considered very durable, thus seeing it used in a host of exterior as well as interior applications. It is relatively easy to work, although it can be very difficult to dry.

Species Description: Wood Species

Rosewood - African
$48.2380.75 x 6.25 x 0.8 inROSEAF1030

Diagonal crack from one edge. Knot on same edge on one face. Small defect same edge on other face.

Rosewood - African
$44.5181 x 5.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1029

Typical pin knots, some with tear out. Small chip on one edge. Tiny hole.

Rosewood - African
$40.8581 x 4.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1028

Tear outs/defects on one face. Cracks on one edge.

Rosewood - African
$58.8777 x 8 x 0.8 inROSEAF1027

Small end check. Few gouges on one face.

Rosewood - African
$50.1680.75 x 6.5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1026

Few small knots with tear out. Larger knot and dark stain on one edge

Rosewood - African
$47.1680.75 x 5.5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1025

Typical tight knots. Cracking on one edge near one end. One gouge near cracks.

Rosewood - African
$40.8581 x 4.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1024

Several larger knots. Spalting mainly one face. 2 rough patches

Rosewood - African
$66.4580.75 x 7.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1023

One knot with a bit of tear out. Cracks on one edge.

Rosewood - African
$81.4580.75 x 9.5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1022
Out of stock

Crack into board at one edge. Typical tight knots.

Rosewood - African
$70.9681 x 8.25 x 0.8 inROSEAF1021

Typical tight knots. Small crack on one edge. Tiny hole near one end.

Rosewood - African
$42.7480.5 x 5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1020

Check at one end. Spalting on one edge. Small stain on other edge.

Rosewood - African
$42.5781 x 5.5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1019

Typical pin knots. Little sap on one edge

Rosewood - African
$27.5281 x 4 x 0.8 inROSEAF1018

Several worm tracks. Dark heart on one edge.

Rosewood - African
$48.1681 x 7 x 0.8 inROSEAF1017

Typical pin knots, several with tear out. Knot on one edge

Rosewood - African
$42.8780.75 x 5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1015

Couple tiny worm holes. Typical tight knots.

Rosewood - African
$42.1776.75 x 5.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1014
Out of stock

Two tiny knots with bit of tear out. Otherwise good.

Rosewood - African
$66.6681 x 7.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1013
Out of stock

Several typical tight knots

Rosewood - African
$100.7580.75 x 11.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1012
Out of stock

Several typical pin knots, some with tiny holes. Stunning figure.

Rosewood - African
$32.7077 x 4 x 0.8 inROSEAF1011

One knot on one edge

Rosewood - African
$63.3677 x 7.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1010

Minor spalting in center with few worm holes. Crack at one end.

Rosewood - African
$52.0980.75 x 6.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1009

Few pin knots one side. Small dark stain on other.

Rosewood - African
$71.3880.75 x 9.25 x 0.8 inROSEAF1008

Large knot near one end. Otherwise good with lovely figure.

Rosewood - African
$62.3581 x 7.25 x 0.8 inROSEAF1007
Out of stock

3 strap marks on edge. Large defect one side of one end. Heart wood on other end on one edge

Rosewood - African
$62.9576.5 x 7.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1006
Out of stock

Tiny pin hole near one end. Stunning figure.

Rosewood - African
$42.8780.75 x 5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1005

Few small places of tear out. Chip on one edge.

Rosewood - African
$49.4581 x 5.75 x 0.8 inROSEAF1004
Out of stock

Crack at on end. Defect on one edge

Rosewood - African
$55.9580.75 x 7.25 x 0.8 inROSEAF1003
Out of stock

Two chips out of one edge. Cracks on other edge near top

Rosewood - African
$31.3973 x 4.5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1002
Out of stock

Typical tight pin knots

Rosewood - African
$33.2169.5 x 4.5 x 0.8 inROSEAF1001

Typical tight pin knots


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