The TreeA small to medium-sized tree attaining a height of about 18m and a diameter of about 0.6m.
The TimberOne of the best jet-black varieties is believed to be D. crassiflora. It is a very heavy timber weighing 1030kg/m3 when dried. Other species produce handsome black and brown striped varieties.
DryingIn general African ebony air dries quite readily, but there is a tendancy for surface checks to develop. In small sizes, the timber kiln dries fairly quickly and well, with little tendency to split or distort.
Working QualitiesMedium - The black heartwood is inclined to be brittle and is rather hard to work, and has a considerable dulling effect on cutters which should have their cutting angle reduced to 200 to avoid picking up when curly grain is present. It takes a fine polish.
Latin NameDiospyros spp, Diospyros crassiflora, Diospyros piscatoria
Also known asCameroons, Gabon, Kribi, Madagascar, Nigerian
OriginNigeria, Ghana, Cameroons, Zaire