*Strength and shrinkage values are for the closely related Combretum schumannii
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a rich, reddish brown to dark brown; color darkens with age. Clearly demarcated sapwood is a pale yellow.
Grain/Texture: Knots and other grain irregularities are not uncommon. Fine uniform texture.
Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; sometimes exclusively solitary; large pores sometimes arranged in radial/diagonal patterns, very few; heartwood mineral/gum deposits common; parenchyma vasicentric and lozenge; narrow rays, spacing fairly close to close.
Rot Resistance: Reported to be very durable, with excellent insect resistance and weathering characteristics.
Workability:Generally difficult to work on account of its density; sharp cutters must be used to avoid tearout. Can also give problems in gluing and finishing. Turns superbly.