Sapele (also known as Entandrophragma cylindricum) shares the same botanical family as American and African Mahogany, making it a very close match in both in terms of visual appeal, wood processing, and characteristics. While not a direct cousin of Mahogany it is still a part of the Entandrophragma genus of Meliaceae family that all of these trees belong to.
Sapele is a suitable timber for the manufacture of conservatories, orangeries, doors and windows. It features a medium to fairly dark brown reddish appearance with a prominent stripe. The grain is interlocked and occasionally wavy with a fine texture. It is moderately durable and typical uses include internal and external joinery. Sapele achieves a ‘Class 3’ durability classification, making it ‘moderately durable’ with a high performance paint finish.