Bubinga heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with a darker purple or black streaks while its sapwood is a pale straw color and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Bubinga is very frequently seen with a variety of grain figure, including pommele, flamed, waterfall, quilted, mottled, etc., which make this wood truly unique.

An immensely popular imported African hardwood, Bubinga may be loved as much for its quirky name as it is for its strength and beauty. Also sometimes called Kevazingo, usually in reference to its decorative rotary-cut veneer.

Other Names

Guibourtia spp. (G. demeusei, G. pellegriniana, G. tessmannii)Kevazingo, African Rosewood


Although Bubinga is not evaluated on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the three Guibourtia species yielding Bubinga are listed on CITES Appendix II—which also includes finished products made of the wood.  (Learn More)

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