Common Name(s): Mango, Hawaiian mango
Scientific Name: Mangifera indica
Distribution: Tropical Asia and Oceania
Janka Hardness: 1,070
Color/Appearance: Because of the spalting that is commonly present, the wood can be a kaleidoscope of colors. Under normal circumstances, heartwood is a golden brown, while other colors such as yellow and streaks of pink and/or black can also occur. Paler sapwood is not always clearly defined. Curly or mottled grain patterns are also common.
Grain/Texture: Grain can be straight or interlocked. With a medium to coarse texture and good natural luster.
Workability: If interlocked or wild grain is present, tearout is common when machining. Reaction wood may also be present, which can shift as it is being sawed, potentially causing binding on the blade. Has a fairly high silica content, and will readily dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is reported by the IUCN as being data deficient. This is due to the widespread cultivation of the tree, making it hard to distinguish population levels of naturally-occurring trees versus naturalized trees.
Common Uses: Furniture, ukuleles, veneer, plywood, turned objects, and flooring.