Color/Appearance:Heartwood is a uniform medium reddish brown. Well-defined sapwood is a paler yellow. Generally lacks any dramatic figuring of grain that is common in the closely relatedSapele.
Grain/Texture:Grain is interlocked, with a medium uniform texture. Moderate natural luster.
Endgrain:Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; large pores in no specific arrangement, very few; reddish brown heartwood gum deposits occasionally present; parenchyma vasicentric, banded; narrow rays, spacing normal.
Rot Resistance: Rated as moderately durable to durable, with mixed reports on insect resistance.
Workability: Utile can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, (i.e., planing, routing, etc.), resulting in tearout due to its interlocked grain. It will also react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Turns, glues, and finishes well.
Odor: Utile has a mild, cedar-like scent while being worked.