Distribution: Ironwood occurs from the Western Cape to Natal and the Transvaal. It is a near relative of the African Olive.
Timber Qualities: The sapwood has a streaked, off-white color while the heartwood is a distinct rich-brown to almost black color. The timber has a straight, fine grain with an even texture. It is very heavy and hard. Works with difficulty and is demanding on tools. It does however finish well and turns beautifully.
Uses: A very durable species. It is increasingly used for furniture.