Makore / African Cherry // Mimusops heckelii

Makore / African Cherry lumber wood, Mimusops heckelii lumber for woodworking
"Usually a fine, straight grain wood, but some logs will have an interlocked grain that produces an attractive mottled figure. The wood glues well but is difficult to work, as the timber contains silica which rapidly dulls the tools."
color of Makore / African Cherry
Color Range
Reddish-brown to maroon
other names for Makore / African Cherry
Other Names
Aganokwe, Baku, Makore
uses for Makore / African Cherry
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, interior millwork, exterior aplications, high end furniture, art pieces, veneer, interior panels, airplane cabinetry.
the Makore / African Cherry tree
What's the Tree Like?
A very large tree. May reach a height of 180-200 feet with trunk diameters often over 48" and sometimes up to 120". Boles are straight, cylindrical and may be free of branches for 100 feet.
Makore / African Cherry grows in Africa
map of where Makore / African Cherry grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
Same as red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-13.95% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
-14.06% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak