Heartwood ranges in color from that of medium to a dark reddish- or purplish-brown. Sapwood is whitish or pale yellow, distinct. Fine texture and interlocked grain produces a narrow and uniform stripe patten on quartered surfaces. It has a cedar-like scent when cut. While Sapele is similar in color to African mahogany, it is more durable than true mahoganies. Its strength is similar to oak.