Color/Appearance:Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow.
Grain/Texture:Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.
Endgrain:Diffuse-porous; small pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood deposits occasionally present; growth rings distinct due to seemingly marginal parenchyma bands; rays not visible without lens; parenchyma banded, apotracheal parenchyma diffuse-in-aggregates, paratracheal parenchyma vasicentric, and aliform.
Rot Resistance:Reported as being very durable in decay resistance, and is also resistance to termites.
Workability:Tends to be difficult to work due to its high density. Kingwood has a moderate blunting effect on cutters, and tearout can occur during planing if interlocked grain is present. Can bedifficult to gluedue to natural oils and high density. Turns very well and takes a high polish.
Odor:Distinct, rosewood-like odor when being worked.
Pricing/Availability:Likely to be very expensive, and seldom available as lumber; Kingwood is most often seen as smaller turning stock, with its cost being on par with other scarce exotics in theDalbergia genus. Kingwood is seldom available in large pieces due to the small size of the tree itself, and is instead used as accent pieces.