Botanical Names: Tieghemella heckelii of the Family Sapotaceae
Other names: Baku, agamokwe, abaku, African cherry.
Makore is a large West African tree principally found in Ghana and
the Ivory Coast. Makore, Tieghemella heckelii, is closely related to
a tree called douka (Mieghlemella africana) which is also known as
ukola. The two species share the same growing range from Sierra Leone
to Cameroon, Gabon and south to Cabinda and thrive in the high rain
Makore trees can grow very tall, averaging heights of 120 feet to 150
feet, but growing as tall as 180 feet to 200 feet with straight, cylindrical
boles that remain clear for up to 100 feet. The trees average diameters
of 4 feet, but can be as wide as 10 feet in diameter.
Makore wood ranges in color from a deep red-brown to a pale pink. It
has a fine texture and mostly straight grain, although the grain is
sometimes interlocked or wavy or has a broken stripe or mottle, which
results in very interesting figures. The figured makore is considered
one of the finest of the African woods. Figured makore has been compared
to a moire or watered-silk figure that is quite striking. The wood
has a deep natural luster that adds to its beauty.
Makore has a long list of uses. It is very durable, making it a good
choice for marine uses such as boatbuilding. The wood is popular for
furniture and architectural uses. It is used for paneling, high-class
joinery, furniture and cabinetwork. Other uses include doors, table
legs, chairs, fittings, interior and exterior joinery. Also used for
framing for vehicles, boat building and flooring.