East Indian Rosewood lumber wood, Dalbergia latifolia lumber for woodworking

East Indian Rosewood // Dalbergia latifolia

East Indian Rosewood captivates with its deep, opulent hues of dark brown and purple, and its mesmerizing grain patterns. Renowned for its exceptional density and durability, it offers unparalleled tonal richness, making it the wood of choice for exquisite musical instruments and luxury furniture. Its natural luster and velvety finish elevate any piece, transforming ordinary projects into masterpieces.
Undeniably beautiful
color of East Indian Rosewood
Color Range
Dark purple to dark brown with black lines
other names for East Indian Rosewood
Other Names
Bombay blackwood, East Indian rosewood, Indian palisandre, Indian rosewood, Java palisandre, Malabar, Shisham, Sitsal, Sonokeling
uses for East Indian Rosewood
Some Typical Uses
Cabinetmaking, Marquetry, Musical instruments, Tool handles, some furniture parts, decorative items.
the East Indian Rosewood tree
What's the Tree Like?
A straight trunk that's clear usually 30 to 50 feet. Overall height reaches 75 feet under normal conditions, but can be as tall as 100 feet. The diameter grows to 30 inches.
East Indian Rosewood grows in Asia
map of where East Indian Rosewood grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
23.46% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
33.33% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
32.81% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak