Bilinga is a robust wood from Central and West Africa. Similar to Afzelia, this heavy wood’s strength properties outperform those of oak and Iroko timber.


Botanical name: Nauclea diderrichii
Overall character: Visibly porous and mostly light wood with an often uneven fibre grain, but a plain optical appearance. ´
Color and structure: The splint is 3 to 5 centimetres wide and has a yellowish grey to light orange color. There’s a minimal contrast to the heartwood, which has a yellow tint with uneven pinkish stripes in the same trunk in some cases. This dry golden brown timber darkens when exposed to light.
Characteristics/features: Bilinga timber is heavy and has higher strength properties than oak and Iroko wood. They resembles Afzelia almost entirely. It is important to note that resistance to breakage is lower when the fibre flow is twisted.
Areas of use: Thanks of its great strength properties and high fungus resistance, Bilinga is especially used as a solid wood for building components under heavy strain, where subsequent fine cracking is not problematic. Some areas of application are framework, bedding, heavy construction, bridge construction, port engineering, heavy-duty flooring, sleepers and hydraulic engineering.