The trees produce very varying examples of colour and figure in the wood which varies from chocolate or violet-brown, to a rich purple black. The timber has a somewhat oily appearance and the sapwood is nearly white in colour and sharply defined. When worked, the wood has a distinct mild, fragrant odour. The grain is usually straight, and the texture medium, sometimes gritty. It is a hard, heavy wood, weighing about 870 kg/m³ when dry. It air dries slowly, with a tendency to check.
The sapwood is narrow, pale yellowish-white in colour, often with a purple tinge, and the heartwood varies in colour from light, nearly golden-brown through shades of light rose-purple with darker streaks, to deep purple with rather blackish lines, darkening with age. The wood is dull, as a fragrant scent, and a uniform and moderately coarse texture. The grain is interlocked in narro bands and the wood is heavy, weighing 870kg/m³ when dried