Hardwood, heartwood tends to be a golden to dark reddish brown colour. Colour tends to darken with age. Glues and finishes well. Sapele is moderately durable.
West and Central Africa
Colour: Medium to dark-reddish brown, characterised by a well-defined ribbon striped figure on quartered surfaces
Grain: Interlocked or wavy
Texture: Fairly fine
Quality furniture and cabinet making, joinery, shop fitting, office furniture, solid doors, boat building, musical instruments, sports goods, counter tops and flooring. Also, a constructional veneer for plywood.
Works well with hand and machine tools, nails, screws and glues well.
Properties care required when staining but provides excellent polished finish.