Meliaceae - The Mahogany Family
Aboudikro, Assi, Assie Sapelli, Libuyu, Lifari, M'boyo, Muyovu, Penkwa, Sapele Mahogany, Sapeli, Sapelii, Scented Mahogany, Undianuno
Both Interior and Exterior
Carving, Cabinetry, Exterior Trim, Flooring, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Moulding, Shipbuilding
Sapele grows in Africa, from Ghana, to the Congo, and Uganda. Sapele grows in all different types of forests from hardwood to softwood, even transitional forests.
The sapwood is a whitish-gray to pale yellow in color, and is distinct from the heartwood. The heartwood is pink when fresh cut, and darkens to a light red to dark reddish-brown, that may have a purple hue. The grain is typically interlocked. The interlocked grain can produce a ropey or ribbon like figure on quarter sawn stock. The texture is usually medium to fine.
It is reported to have a cedar like aromatic smell when working.