African Juniper

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Common Name(s): African Juniper

Scientific Name: Juniperus procera

Distribution: East Africa

Tree Size: 100-120 ft (30-37 m) tall, 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 34 lbs/ft3 (535 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .44, .54

Janka Hardness: 890 lbf (3,960 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 11,660 lbf/in2 (80.4 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,463,000 lbf/in2 (10.09 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 7,160 lbf/in2 (49.4 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 3.3%, Tangential: 5.0%, Volumetric: 8.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.5

Color/Appearance: No data available.

Grain/Texture: No data available.

Rot Resistance: No data available.

Workability: No data available.

Odor: Has a pleasant, cedar-like scent.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although there have been no adverse health effects specifically reported for African Juniper, several other species within the Juniperus genus have been reported to cause skin and/or respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: No data available.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is reported by the IUCN as being near threatened. Technically it doesn’t meet the Red List criteria of a vulnerable or endangered species, but is close to qualifying and/or may qualify in the near future.

Common Uses: No data available.

Comments: No data available.

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Karen & Nick Titmus

Here’s our turned Juniper. The colours are just glorious, and the hand-feel is like silk!

Karen & Nick Titmus

I wanted to attach a picture of a Christmas tree turned from Juniper sourced in the UK, but for some reason it won’t upload!!! It can be seen on our Instagram page @waneygrainartisanwoodworks. The colours are of eggplant, caramel and buttermilk with dark chocolate swoops and swirls (I find food descriptors very helpful!) and the handfeel is like marble! Although it’s not rated particularly hard on Janka, the weight of this 5.5 inch tree is similar to oak and cherry. The ‘fragrance’, even two days after turning is heady! All in all, a stunningly beautiful wood!


Sir: I am from the southern part of the state of Alabama. I have since moved away but have family there. My uncle loves the outdoors and recently sent me a piece of wood for a walking stick handle. He has little formal education and cannot spell it for me, but he pronounces it Marthorn. He said during his time, folks would use this wood as fence posts, and the claim is that it will last a hundred years. It is so hard that you can barely drive a staple in it. I only have this piece and I have… Read more »


Hawthorn would be my best bet