Otherwise known as the ebony family, Ebenaceae includes the Diospyros genus—yielding all commercial ebony. The family also includes a handful of other genera that don’t typically yield any commercial lumber; Diospyros is far and away the largest and most commercially significant genus in the Ebenaceae family.

However, trees from these other genera, while generally smaller and not commercially harvested, can also yield wood that is of very similar to true ebony—one such example would be Euclea pseudebenus, sometimes called Namibian ebony.

Genera in the Ebenaceae family

Euclea (ebony)