Species page: An intro into wood species

Species page: An intro into wood species

Exotic Wood Zone presents Species Guide. Your hand guide to all the exotic and domestic wood that are available. This guide will help you to understand each tree species more in depth. Their physical characteristics like color, appearance, grain, texture, etc. And other characteristics like density, specific gravity, Janka hardness etc. 

This blog is a short introduction to each and every wood that we have, if you want to know more just click on the links provided at each wood. 

African mahogany

African Mahogany may be so popular that its several species in tropical parts of Central America also became a new plantation listing in this New Millennium. A handful of Khaya species, all endemic to Africa. In botanical terms, Khaya may be part of the Meliaceae, which does not include just mahoganies, but Sapele. 

Click here to read more about African Mahogany and find out all the other uses this tree has apart from its lumber.


The Alder or the common alder is said to come from much of Europe, South-West Asia, and the continent to the north. It flourishes in damp places, anywhere it grows in poor quality soils with its connection with Frankia alni bacterium. It also covers woodland borders, marshes, and corridors along the riverfront.

Click here to read more about Alder and to find out some myths and beliefs surrounding this wood. 

American Walnut

These trees grow well in deep, well-drained, pH-neutral soils. The soils are also highly productive and need always be kept wet. These trees are predicted to grow quite fast, which is 40-50 feet within 20 years if they are cultivated incorrect circumstances in terms of soil, water, sunshine, etc. The woods were best used in furniture, paneling, flooring, and other applications.

Click here to read more about American Walnut and why this tree has a fighting advantage of survival.

Australian Blackwood

This tree from South East Australia belongs to the acacia species. The Blackwood from Australia seems to love the cold and damp uplands. Although noted as "Blackwood," the term is a little renowned since its wood is black in no way. The species has been introduced as an ornamental tree in several areas worldwide. 

Click here to read more about Australian Blackwood and find out why this would is called blackwood even though it’s not black.


In North America, it's most often called Basswood, whereas the Tilia genus includes just 30 species, which are often referred to as either Lime (although this tree has nothing to do with the lime fruits), or Linden in Europe. This odorless and beautifully seeded wood has become very well known on the international trade market.

Click here to read more about Basswood and know why woodcarvers and carpenters are head over heels for this wood.

Bimble box

The tree is indigenous to eastern Australia and small to medium-sized. In the north and central parts of the west plains it is most surplus, progressively becoming less frequent, and so far West of New South Wales, wherever confined to extra dependably watered and sandy regions.

Click here to read more about the Bimble box and find out which animal loves this tree.

Birdeye maple

The hard maple wood, unlike most other hardwoods, is most often utilized instead of its heartwood. Sapwood colors, occasionally a reddish or golden tint, vary from almost white to off-white cream color. With age and strong maple wood, all hardwood colors are no exception. Here we can observe that the heartwood is brownish-red and soft with age when the tree is cut.

Click here to read more about Birdeye maple and why this wood is named so.

Black Limba

Occasionally this dark-figured wood with grey or black stripes is simple to use. It is designed for several uses, such as veneer, turning items, furnishings, tennis table bats, musical instruments, etc. Wood with such a darker shape as Black Limba is seen, but plain wood without figures is called white limba.

Click here to read more about Black limba and for a short history lesson.

Black Palm

Black palm, with Astrocaryum standleyanum, Borassus flabellifer, and Normanbya Normanbyi is commonly called in numerous plant species in Palmae (Queensland black palm). This tree is neither technically softwood or hardwood, palm comes under the family of monocots, which also include bamboo, grass, rice, banana, wheat, corn, and so forth.

Click here to read more about Black Palm and know why this tree is known as the celestial tree.

Brown Mallee

An unforgettable Australian burl with a colorful and lovely burl figure. A unique blend of golden brown duramen with various white sapwoods includes this native Australian timber. This tree is normally medium brown in its heartwood and unusually visible with an orange tint. In addition, this wood has a yellow to grey sapwood, which is distinct from the various heartwood.

Click here to read more about Brown Mallee and familiarize yourself with the term Mallee.


This wood is especially found in marshy or periodically inundated forests, in addition, close to rivers or lakeshores. Bubinga is commonly referred to as “African Rosewood” attributable to its resemblance to Honduras rosewood. However, in contrast to Honduras rosewood, which tends to be slender and short, it has wide widths.

Click here to read more about Bubinga and know why this wood is idolized.


It's not a real rosewood but it's got the same 2-ton grain pattern and high polish that's like a legitimate Dalbergia Rosewood genus substantially. This species is also used for various artistic projects, such as furniture, armchairs, jewelry cases, and moistures. Colors vary from brown to pink, yellow and black, with a sparkling iridescence all embedded.

Click here to read more about Chechen and find out why this wood is also known as Black Poisonwood.


American cherry or the Black cherry could be a supreme hardwood species from the U.S. hardwood forests and is exclusive to North America, with warm color tones and excellent finishing qualities. It is a deciduous tree or shrub belonging to the Prunus. The species is widespread and customary in North America and South America.

Click here to read more about Cherry and know the many other uses for this wood.


In addition to the sparkling aroma, the wood of Cocobolo is recognized to have many excellent features that put this wood on the commercial market at a premium price. This tree is native to Central America and loves to grow compared to wetlands in the more dry areas. The hue and distinguishing characteristics are very much sought after for decorative uses.

Click here to read more about Cocobolo and find out the different forms of Cocobolo money can buy.

East Indian Rosewood

The rosewood of East Indian or the Dalbergia latifolia is a kind of exotic wood that was demanded after the Dalbergia nigra, a Brazilian rosewood, was substituted. Most of the rosewood guitars in Brazil are currently replaced by the Indian Rosewood and are found in many of the traits to be better.

Click here to read more about East Indian Rosewood and find out the different uses of this wood.


Eucalyptus may be a widespread planting species worldwide. While a hybrid species is produced to communicate and improve resilience, it is marketed in full as Lyptus grows in Brazil. In order to help improve illness and resistance to the bugs, Eucalyptus has also been raised with an Indonesian species (Eucalyptus urophylla).

Click here to read more about Eucalyptus and Know all the benefits of Eucalyptus

Gaboon Ebony

Given the straight grains in the ebony woods of Gaboon, they may sometimes be tough to work with, but when finished, they give this glossy sheen that deserves the effort. This is appropriate for those who are searching in their houses for a bit of a monochrome declaration.

Click here to read more about Gaboon Ebony and find out what this wood is named after.

Goncalo Alves

This solid wood comes from Mexico and is also prevalent in Brazil. The family includes cashew, pistachio, mango, and so on. Goncalo Alves has good weathering characteristics and is quite durable in terms of resistance to deterioration. The moisture rot and the attack of insects and pests are quite resistant. In dry rather than damp regions, tigerwood preferably grows better.

Click here to read more about Goncalo Alves and find out why this wood is also called tigerwood.

Hard Maple

There are dozens of distinct types of maple trees, but hard maple wood is often utilized. The sturdy wood of maple has a commercial wood shape. This cold environment plant is widely cultivated in Vermont and across the USA and Canada.

Click here to read more about Hard maple and know why this wood is known as the king of the Acer genus.

Honduran Mahogany

The tree is spread across South Mexico to central South America and is known under various names such as Big-leaf Mahogany, Genuine Mahogany, etc. The mahogany of Honduras is made of hardened wood, varying in hue and color with age.

Click here to read more about Honduran Mahogany and find out which place has this tree as their national tree.

Indian Ebony

It’s additionally typically brought up like East Indian Ebony or just Indian Ebony. Indian Ebony is an exotic wood most ordinarily native to southern India and Sri Lanka. it's a particularly hard, dense, and serious tropical hardwood, with an awfully fine texture. The heartwood may be uniform pitchy or it will be black-brown streaky.

Click here to read more about Indian ebony and why this is also known as Ceylon Ebony.

Indian Laurel

This is an Indian, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos tree from southern, and south-eastern Asia. Apart from this, several|for several| purposes are utilized as a tree, and not just for this wood is this tree grown in many locations beyond its original variety, it is grown in Southern China.

Click here to read more about Indian Laurel and know how you can quench your thirst using this tree.


Once the Macacauba wood was utilized as a substitute to Brazilian rosewood 25 years ago, the popularity of this wood was greatly expanded. The export prohibition was imposed on it. This wood of Macacauba might be a considerable substitute for the roséwood of Brazil as a consequence, but, it was not as oily as it had so many comparable features.

Click here to read more about Macacauba and know the many, many names this wood is known by.

Mexican Royal Ebony

It is a favorite replacement for ebony because of the dark hue of its wood, which is sometimes called the Mexican Royal Ebony, but not real ebony under the genus of Diospyros. It is an approved alternative for African Gabon Ebony in several USDA documents in string instruments for fingerboards and bridges generally.

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The olive wood, cultivated as the olive trees, may be tough and rich in colored wood, which worldwide is appreciated for its appearance, solidity, straight cereal, and excellent structure. Originally situated on the eastern Mediterranean coast, olive trees have been able to spread outside Europe.

Click here to read more about Olivewood and find out why this wood is mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Osage Orange

This tiny deciduous tree or big shrub is called the orange bone that is abundantly found in the United States. While the wood's name is osage orange, it has only a clear relationship with the Orange family, it is also a real member of the mulberry.

Click here to read more about Osage orange and find out how this wood is associated with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


Originating from Asia or Africa, padauk wood will be obtained from a large type of Pterocarpus species. normally named as narra or mukwa, padauk wood could be a valuable resource because of its sturdiness, strength, and stability once being worked.

Click here to read more about Padauk and how this wood is associated with King Solomon.

Pink Ivory

Pink Ivory is an exotic South African wood that is one of the rare and finest forests in the world. This is a strong wood with a fine grain, sturdy and rigid. Even if the hand tools are difficult to operate, the Pink Ivory is excellent for woodburning and carving. 

Click here to read more about Pink Ivory and know why in the 1870s possession of this wood might have gotten one killed.


Trees grow quicker than numerous other species, collected and produced for the veneer from the plantations. Its creamy golden colour and computing features make Primavera a veneer for architectural wooden construction, exquisite furnishings and cabinetworking very requested.

Click here to read more about Primavera and find out why this tree is also called white mahogany.


The wood may provide a sense of grandeur to the room from the name of the wood we are dealing with here. This wood comes from central and south American regions and belongs to the Peltogyne species. The most often seen in the rainforests in Brazil, Suriname and Guyana are these tropical rainforest trees.

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Red Coolibah

This species is often found on rivers and thick flood plain soils in Northern Australia. Coolibah is said to be 'Cool-a-bah.' It grows across a very wide area of Australia, particularly in dry and semi-arid regions excluding Victoria and Tasmania. 

Click here to read more Red Coolibah and why it is associated with the Waltzing Matilda.

Red Heart

Everybody can just assume why it's called Redheart. The redheart is brilliant and red in certain cases with its new surface, but the colour will vary from board to board, from light weight orange/rosa (like Pink Ivory), to deeper brown-red. It'll look quite much like Bloodwood in certain situations.

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Red Mallee

A beautiful wood species with vibrating patterns and colours. Red Mallee burl. A unique combination of pink, crimson and violet heartwood with a clearly distinguishable white sapwood is present in this native Australian forest. The wood is hard and thick and provides a smooth and robust finish with minimum sanding effort.

Click here to read more about Red Mallee and find out some of its striking features.

Red Palm

The wood is sometimes referred to as the Red Palm, the Palm Coconut. In the Philippines it is referred as as cocowood or cocoa wood, and elsewhere it is also referred to as cocowood or red palm, where it is cultivated and produced in the tropics for its fruit globally. The term coco is derived from Portuguese, which means skull.

Click here to read more about Red palm and know why this tree is calledthe tree of life.

Santos Rosewood

Rating extremely thick, robust, compact and mainly long-lasting, but particularly sensitive to insects and pests. For works involving direct touch with the earth this wood isn't advised. The rosé wood of Santos is decorated in many colours, from pale and dark brown through all the intermediate colours.

Click here to read more about Santos Rosewood  and how this tree saved the Brazilian Rosewood.


Sapele can be an African wood species that is frequently exported and economically essential. It is available in several types of wood and furnace. It is used as a replacement for true mahogany sometimes, normally called the "Mahogany of Sapele."

Click here to read more about Sapele and how to correctly spell it.


The tiny and slender Snakewood tree grows only to a foot in diameter and a height of 40-60 feet. Originating in the Central and South American woods, this tree belongs to the same family as the mulberry.

Click here to read more about Snakewood and why this wood is also called Letterwood.

Soft maple

This rapidly expanding laying tree is one of North America's foremost unusually found maple tree. The soft maple or water maple is commonly recognised as it originates in the eastern, central, and southern United States.

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Spanish Cedar

The Spanish cedar tree isn't a real cedar and is more closely associated with true Mahoganies, as each is within the Meliaceae family. Most of the physical and mechanical properties will vary widely depending on the country of origin, growing conditions, etc.

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Stripped Ebony

Diospyros celebrbica, also known as Black Ebony, or Makassar Ebony, may be an unique flowering tree species of the Ebenaceae family of the Sulawesi Island of Indonesia. Striped wood with striped ebony is varied, patterned in black and brown, and almost always broad.

Click Here to read more about stripped ebony and how it got its several other names.

Swamp Ash

The name "Swamp Ash," however, is used mostly by luthiers to describe light-weight timber derived from ash trees that often appear in damp or sluggish places. The term "Fraxinus" is not known as any of these species.

Click here to read more about Swamp Ash and know why this tree is used mostly in musical instruments.


These trees can also be found in certain regions of China, Brazil, Australia etc., and can surpass 100ft above sea level on the east coast of North America. Tulipwood is one of the most productive hardwoods known to produce wood of the highest quality than other species.

Click here to read more about Tulipwood and why this wood is known as the Rainbow poplar.


Vulnerable wood types from Central Africa are connected with Wenge wood. Wedge's wood has succeeded in gaining major acknowledgement across the world for its strength, durability and resistance to termitis, with its flexibility to grow to 18-27 metres in trunk diameter, about 1 metre.

Click here to read more about Wenge and why this wood is in high demand.

Yellow Box

The Eucalyptus melliodora is collected from medium to big trees in the Eucalyptus family in Southeast Australia. Yellow box Yellow Box timber may be a medium size hardwood, which may also be found in Victoria and Queensland on the higher terrain in the tablelands and internal slopes of New South Wales.

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Although the Zebrawood is heavy, stable and densely above certain alternative forests, these same characteristics are weaknesses with that wood. This forest is tough to conceive of in the woodworks thanks to these features.

Click here to read more about Zebrawood and know why this wood is called zebrawood even though its not black and white.


Originally from South Mexico and Central America, this tree offers a strong, thick, medium to fine grain to the wood. The grain pattern is prominent and has a delicate feel. Since the wood is quite dense, satin-like sanding will take place.

Click here to read more about Ziricote who is also a close relative of bocote.