African mahogany tree

Spirostachys africana

African mahogany tree, also known as Spirostachys africana, is a medium to large tree native to tropical regions of Africa. It has a straight and cylindrical trunk, with a crown of spreading branches that are often drooping at the tips. The leaves are dark green and glossy, with a distinctive zig-zag pattern along the veins. The tree produces small white or yellow flowers, followed by brown or reddish fruits.

African mahogany tree can grow up to 30 meters in height and has a fast growth rate. It can be distinguished from other mahogany species by its zig-zag leaf pattern and drooping branch tips.

The tree prefers well-drained soil and full sun, although it can tolerate partial shade. It is drought-tolerant and can withstand dry conditions, but regular watering is recommended during its first few years of growth. African mahogany tree is not winter hardy and is not suitable for growing in cold climates.

The wood of the African mahogany tree is highly prized for its durability, resistance to decay, and attractive reddish-brown color. It is often used in furniture making, flooring, and boat building. The tree is also used for shade and wind protection in agricultural settings, and its leaves and fruits are sometimes used as animal feed.

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