Creamy to Grayish Brown; tough, strong and highly shock resistant, open-grain wood, but with poor durability. Versatile; works easily; accepts finishes well. Heartwood commonly has different markings of different colors, which are known by the names olive ash or calico ash. Moderately priced.
Uniform, reddish brown color with attractive figure. Fine grain and smooth texture. Extremely stable, strong, and hard, but not heavy. Works well; takes satiny finish. Darkens with age. Most contain gum deposits throught, which can show on veneers. Moderately priced.
The wood marketed as African Teak is also commonly known as Iroko. It is a firm, strong wood with a brownish color and a coarse, open grain. The weight is somewhat less than regular teak, and is harder to work, but it is resistant to decay and to termite attack, used a lot in ship construction.