Bubinga, also called Kevazingo(scientific name: Guibourtiademeusei, G. pellegriniana and G. tessmannii), has a pink-red to dark red-brown heartwood with purple/black streaks. Its sapwood is a pale straw color and is distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is fine to medium, its luster is moderate, and its grain is straight to interlocked. The figure can vary, including pommel, flamed, waterfall, quilted, mother and others.

Bubinga is commonly found in equatorial Africa. It ranges from moderately durable to very durable. It is resistant to marine borer and termite attack.

Janka Hardness :

10,720 N(2,410 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

890 kg/m3(56 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Bubinga is generally easy to work in all respects. It turns and finishes well. Gluing can be difficult due to bubinga’s high density and natural oil content. Lumber with silica content can cause cutting tools to dull. It can be prone to tear-out during machining if grain is interlock or figured.


Pricing / Availability

Bubinga’s figured grain patterns such as pommel and waterfall are costly but its other variants are relatively affordable considering that it is an imported wood.



Bubinga has indirectly made its way onto the CITES Appendix II since the three Guibourtia species that yield this wood type are on it and because the CITES Appendix II includes finished wooden products.


Common Uses

This fairly versatile material is used in the manufacture of tables, cabins, premium furniture, interior accents, veneers, turned wooden items, and other specialty wooden objects.

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