About African Mahogany
African mahogany’s Khaya ivorensis is a very large tree that attains a height of 40-50 m and a dbh of up to 2 m. Bole straight, unbranched up to 30 m above the ground with well-developed plank buttresses; bark thick and coarse, reddishbrown, and with a bitter taste. The foliage of the widely spreading crown is dark.
Khaya ivorensis is deciduous only in drier climates. Scattered specimens can be found in semi-deciduous lowland rainforest, usually with a short dry season. It occurs either in small groups or singly, for the most part on moist valley sites. It tolerates periodic flooding during the rainy season. In evergreen forests, it favors soils with a low water-storage capacity. Khaya ivorensis is a light-demanding species, although the young trees tolerate a certain amount of shade. The species is distributed through coastal West Africa, Cote d’Ivoire through Ghana and southern Nigeria to Cameroon, growing mostly in rainforest but extending into dry forests.
Timber: The sapwood is yellowish-brown, and the heartwood, which is not always readily distinguishable from the former, is pale reddish-brown. The wood is durable and has a fine fairly regular grain; it is easy to work and season but is difficult to impregnate. It has a mean specific gravity of 0.53 g/cubic m. The wood commands a very high price on the market, and is used above all for high-quality cabinet work, furniture and expensive interior finishing. Large quantities are also used for boat and ship construction. A high percentage of the wood sold in Europe as ‘mahogany’ comes from K. ivorensis.
We have a 44-hectare forest of African mahogany Khaya ivorensis planted in mid-2014. It is fully irrigated. Tree density is 278 units per hectare (6×6 m). All environmental guidelines were and are followed as well as a planting license was obtained from the state environment institution (Adema-SE). We expect it to be ready for cut between 2026 and 2029.view all photos
WHERE WE ARE
Our forest is located in the rural area of Estância, in the state of Sergipe, Brazil. It is only 100 km from the main port of
Sergipe, making it an easy access to foreign markets.