Hard Pear
Hard Pear
Cape Beech
American Cherry
White Alder
Zambezi Teak
Hard Pear (Olinia ventosa)

Distribution: Hard Pear occurs in the Eastern, Southern and Western Cape.

Timber Qualities: Has a yellowish-brown to reddish-brown color, a fine, wavy, close grain and is hard, compact and strong. It must be seasoned with care to avoid splitting and warping. Not the easiest timber to work because of its uneven, wavy grain, and sharp, high speed tools are required. It has a very fine finish due to the wavy appearance of the grain, which gives it a characeristic rippled effect.

Uses: Is durable and is used for furniture and musical instruments, and to a limited extent for boat building and carpentry.