Scientific name: Erythopleum utile Sprangue; E. Suaveolensis Brenan

Geographic origin: Africa


  • Sapwood: Yellowish white to pinkish white, clearly distinct
  • Heartwood: yellowish gery to reddish grey
  • Fiber: Straight, frequently intertwined or very intertwined
  • Grain: Slightly/occasionally interlocked to highly/frequently interlocked

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Sapwood: Medium capacity of being impregnated
  • Heartwood: Low capacity of being impregnated


  • Sawing process: ordinary difficulties arise from hardness
  • Drying process: very slow. High risk of deformation and lower risk of crack formation
  • Planing process: Difficult due to its hardness and to the risk of repelling and splinting. Slow mechanisation is highly recommended
  • Gluing process: Tannins hamper proper adherence
  • Nailing and screwing process: pre-drilling is recommended due to the hardness
  • Finish: Rubber deposits can locally inhibit varnish adherence

Physical properties

  •  Apparent density at 12% humidity 920 kg/m3 very heavy wood
  • Dimensional stability
  • - Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.52%. It varies from nervous wood to very nervous wood
  • - Relation between contractions 1.7% no tendency to deformity
  • Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 8.5 very hard wood

Mechanical properties

  • Resistance to static flexion 1,700 kg/cm2
  • Elasticity module 140,000 kg/cm2
  • Resistance to parallel compression 750 kg/cm2
  • Resistance to parallel traction 1,200 kg/cm2


  • In some areas of Spain they call it Bolondo
  • In the ATIBT guide it appears as Talí
  • In addition, in terms of price, it is one of the best positioned of all the Species recommended for outdoors.
  • To highlight the fact that we also have fixed width wood in stock, which facilitates to the carpenter the calculation of costs when they have to pass the quote to the final client.