Azobé – a.k.a “Ironwood”

“One of the world’s heaviest woods!”

, Azobé – a.k.a “Ironwood”

Botanical NameLophira alata

Janka Hardness: 3350 – 2.5x harder than Red Oak.

Appearance: Dark brown to red. Darkens to chocolate brown after light exposure.

Properties: An extremely dense and durable wood.

Few hardwoods are as fireproof as Azobe: rated Class A fire resistant by USDA (

Very resistant to decay, insect attacks and acid.

Applications: Due to its physical properties, Azobe is a very trendy choice for many outdoor applications: decking, harbor construction (ask the Dutch!), hydraulic constructions, sound barriers, etc.