Color/Appearance:Heartwood is medium to dark reddish brown, with black stripes. Color tends to darken with age. Well-defined sapwood is a pale yellow.
Grain/Texture:Grain is usually interlocked. Fine uniform texture with a moderate natural luster.
Endgrain:Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; medium to large pores in no specific arrangement, few to moderately numerous; heartwood mineral/gum deposits common; parenchyma vasicentric, banded; narrow rays, spacing normal to fairly close.
Rot Resistance:Mopane is rated as very durable, and is also resistant to termites and powder post beetles.
Workability:Mopane is generally considered to be difficult to work, mainly on account of its incredibly high density. Machining has a severe blunting effect on cutters. Mopane is excellent for turned objects.