African Juniper
Common Name: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)
Janka Hardness:890 lbf (3,960 N)
General Description
The timber is fine textured, straight-grained and of medium hardness, difficult to season, rather brittle at the edges; it splits on nailing, very durable, easy to work and polish, and whittles and glues well. Heartwood is moderately resistant to termite attack and suitable for making hardboard and particleboard. Cedar wood has a distinctive smell.
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.
Market Value and usage
Cedar wood oil distilled from sawdust is used in the cosmetic industry to manufacture perfumes. Older trees are usually hollow and can be used in making beehives. Mainly used for construction, power transmission posts, fencing and telegraphic poles, manufacturing pencils, furniture.
Durability
East African juniper is sometimes used as termite resistant fence stakes.The wood burns quite well hence a useful species for firewood.
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