Technical Sheet


“Similar to Teak in appearance, Iroko is tough and durable. This beautiful wood is often used in cabinetmaking and panelling.”

Botanical Name:

Milicia excelsa

Other Common Names:

Uloho, Odum

Country of Origin:

Tropical Africa

From Forest to Factory

Iroko is very durable, stable, dense and has excellent strength properties. It is resistant to both rot and insect attack and is sometimes used as a substitute for Teak. The wood is used for a variety of purposes:

  • Veneer
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Cabinetry
  • Stairs
  • Boatbuilding
  • Outdoor gates
  • Turned items
  • Exterior & Interior joinery
  • Other small specialty wood items


Native to the west coast of Africa, Iroko wood is sometimes called African, or Nigerian Teak due to its resemblance in colour and in grain to the latter.

This large hardwood tree can live up to 500 years, and can attain very large sizes, reaching 45 metres in height and up to 2.7 metres in diameter. The heartwood is usually a rich yellow to deep golden and medium brown colour, which goes darker over time. The pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The texture is medium to coarse, with open pores and an interlocked grain.

Iroko is a highly valued timber in Africa, with a high demand.

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