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Sapeli heartwood is pink-red, later colouring to a deep brown. The sapwood, clearly demarcated from the heartwood, can be up to 60-80 mm thick and has a grey-pink or yellow-pink colour. The heartwood often has an attractive golden sheen, such as with the Swietenia mahogany types.

Properties of this timber species


  • Botanical name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
  • ATIBT name: Sapelli

 Quality requirements

  • Sapeli is included in the list of approved timber species for application in wooden façade elements (SKH-Publication 99-05). This means that frames with a KOMO® product certificate can be manufactured with Sapeli
  • Sapeli is listed in the BRL 1705 (Plywood)


  • Sapeli is used in both its solid and veneer forms (and plywood) for furniture, interior panelling, instruments, shells and panelling for yachts, stair treads and staircases (preferably quarter cuts) and also for parquet floors, turned goods and sculpturing


  • Resistance to fungi: class 3 (moderately durable)
  • Resistance to insects: Termites class M (moderately durable)


  • (510)-640-650-700-(750) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
  • Fresh 850-950 kg/m3

source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e herziene druk

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