African Green Heart

General Description

The heartwood is initially yellow to golden brown in colour, usually with a slight greenish cast. The colour matures upon exposure to reddish-brown. Grain is reported to be very irregular and closely interlocked, producing an attractive stripe and lustrous.


Native to west Africa, the species is reported to be common in the rain forest, from Ivory Coast to the Cameroons and Gabon.

Common Uses

The timber is reported to be commonly used in heavy construction, marine construction, wharf construction, crossties and pilling.


The heartwood is reported to have high natural resistance to attack by decay fungi and termites. The wood is reported to resist attack by marine-borers.

Physical Properties