Under favorable conditions, the tree attains a height of 30m and a diameter of 1.5m or more, the bole often being clear for 15m to 18m.
The sapwood is usually narrow and pale brown in colour, the heartwood varying in colour from rich chocolate-brown to a purplish-black. The wood has a fine even texture and a rather coarse grain, and weighs about 660 kg/m³ when dried.
Dries rather slowly with a tendency to honeycombing.
Good – The timber is moderately hard, tough, strong and is easily worked. It finishes well and takes an excellent polish.