This comparison chart shows the typical color and graining of some of the most popular species which are used as a flooring material. Click on any image to learn more about the properties, workability, usage and other information for the particular wood species. Please note that this is just a partial list. If you don’t see the wood species that you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Scientific Name: Iroko
Milicia excelsa, M. regia (syn. Chlorophora excelsa, C. regia)

Other Names and Species:
African teak

Tropical Africa

Milicia excelsa (commonly known as African teak, Mvule or Iroko) is a tree species from tropical Africa. It is one of two tree species yielding timber known as Iroko.
Heartwood of Iroko is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color tending to darken over time. Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. It has a medium to coarse texture, with open pores and an interlocked grain. Iroko is very durable, and is resistant to both rot and insect attack; it’s sometimes used as a substitute for Teak.
Iroko’s hardness is 1260, which makes it somewhat durable choice for flooring with similar properties to Red Oak. It is thirty percent softer than Purpleheart and about twenty five percent harder than Black American Walnut
Iroko has no characteristic odor. Generally easy to work, with the exception of its interlocked grain, which may cause some tearout during surfacing operations. Also, deposits of calcium carbonate are sometimes present, which can have a significant dulling effect on cutters. Iroko glues and finishes well. Given the high prices of genuine Teak, Iroko could be considered a low-cost alternative. The wood is stable, durable, and has an overall look that somewhat resembles Teak. Iroko is commonly used for veneer, flooring, furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, turned items, and other small specialty wood items.