Sapwood is creamy white or yellowish color. When freshly sawn the heartwood is a light pinkish-brown color, that deepens to a reddish-brown and sometimes has a purple hue.
Grain is straight to interlocked. The interlocked grain produces a striped ribbon like figure on quarter sawn surfaces. Medium texture.
Works well, but tends to woolliness and torn grain. It produces a moderate blunting effect on tools, therefore, sharp thin cutting edges are recommended. It has good gluing properties and holds nails and screws well. It can be stained or polished to an excellent finish. It is easy to slice and peel, and makes excellent veneers.
Low stiffness and resistance to shock. Medium crush strength. Poor bending characteristics.
furniture making, cabinetry,boat-building, and interior joinery. Popular wood for plywood and other veneers.
Both Interior and Exterior