Olivewood (Olea spp. (Olea europaea, O. capensis))


Common Name: Olive


Distribution: Europe and Eastern Africa


Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a cream or yellowish brown, with darker brown or black contrasting streaks. Color tends to deepen with age. Olivewood is sometimes figured with curly or wavy grain, burl or wild grain


Janka Hardness: 2,700 lbf


Density: 5.16 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 4.9%

Tangential (width): 7.7%,

Volumetric (total): 12.8%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.6


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Olivewood has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply
include eye and skin irritation.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: High-end furniture, veneer, turned objects and small specialty wood items.


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