• Biological Classification
  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species
    demeusei, pellegriniana, tessmannii, coleosperma
  • Subspecies
  • Material Information
  • Characteristics
    Bubinga is a dense and heavy hardwood species, with an average density of 830 kg/m3 at 12% moisture content. It has a fine and even texture and a straight grain, which makes it easy to work with. Bubinga is highly resistant to decay, termites, and other wood-boring insects, and it has good natural durability. The wood is also known for its excellent strength properties, including high bending and crushing strength and good shock resistance.
  • Common Uses
    Bubinga is a popular and sought-after hardwood species that is commonly used in high-end woodworking and decorative applications. Its beautiful reddish-brown heartwood is prized for its rich color and unique figure, and it is often used in the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, and flooring. Bubinga is also a popular choice for musical instrument making, particularly for the construction of guitar bodies, due to its excellent tonal properties. Other common uses for Bubinga include boat building, turnery, and carving.
  • Other Names
    African rosewood, kevazingo
  • Tree Information
  • Description
    Bubinga is a large tree species that can grow up to 40 meters tall and 1.5 meters in diameter. The tree has a straight and cylindrical trunk that is mostly branchless for up to two-thirds of its length. Its leaves are compound and alternate, consisting of small, oval-shaped leaflets that are dark green in color. Bubinga is known for its beautiful and distinctive reddish-brown heartwood, which often features blackish-purple streaks and veins.
  • Range
    Bubinga is native to the tropical regions of central and western Africa, including countries such as Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, and Angola. It can be found in the dense rainforests and savannas of these regions.
  • Habitat
    Bubinga grows in a variety of habitats, including wet and dry tropical forests, savannas, and even on rocky hillsides. The tree prefers well-drained soils, and it can tolerate seasonal flooding. Bubinga is commonly found in lowland areas, but it can also grow at elevations of up to 1,500 meters.
  • Availability
    Bubinga is a commercially important hardwood species, valued for its beauty, durability, and strength. It is widely used in the manufacture of high-end furniture, cabinetry, flooring, and musical instruments. However, due to overexploitation, the availability of Bubinga lumber has declined in recent years, and some countries have imposed export restrictions to protect the species. Bubinga is listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates its international trade.