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Padauk grows in the rainforests of central and west Africa


Growing to heights of over 125 feet padauk trees can grow to a diameter of 4 feet or more. The heartwood from a padauk tree is bright red but oxidizes after being cut to reveal a purple-brown color. The sapwood is a whitish yellow color.

Padauk has a course texture with straight grains that machine well. Padauk takes glue fairly well and has an average ability to hold nails and screws.

Padauk is also known as

  • African padauk
  • mbe
  • ngula
  • bosulu

Pakauk is commonly used for

  • joinery
  • turning
  • flooring
  • veneer
  • tool handles


Padauk saw dust is known to cause respiratory irritation.

African Padauk African Padauk
These colorful woods make dramatic accents, edgings and inlays.Please see our lumber calculator below before ordering lumber by the square foot...

African Padauk

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