Macoré - the African pear tree

Of course, no pear trees grow in Africa. The Macoré wood is so similar in appearance to the pear wood, that this name has long been naturalized. What else Macoré has and what you can use it for, read in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
density0.65-0.75 g / cc
Compressive strength52 - 55 N / mm²
flexural strength95-115 N / mm²

Very closely related to the Macoré is the wood of the Douka tree. Both are often used in exchange, as they are very similar in their properties.



Macore is a scattered pore wood. The pores form radial pore grooves, which are easily recognizable. The grain of the grain is straight and always clearly recognizable by the very wide grain of the wood typical of Macoré. Alternating rotation is common, Macoré looks very decorative due to its pronounced structure. Because of its close resemblance to pear wood Macoré is often referred to as African pear tree.


The sapwood is - as with most tropical wood trees - very bright and colored yellowish and a very light brown. The heartwood has a slightly pinkish tone when fresh, later darkening to a rather intense brownish red. Occasionally, the fresh wood may already be intensely colored.


Macoré has only a medium hardness, and is very fine-grained. It can therefore be processed well and polish very well.

Shrinkage and drying


Macoré is very weather-resistant and quite durable. It is also resistant to fungal and insect attack.


Macoré is widely used today, both as solid wood and as veneer wood. It is often used both in furniture construction and in the construction of windows and doors. It was particularly popular as a door wood in the 60s and 70s.

In addition, it is also used in the entire interior, for example, for wainscoting. The use in the exterior is possible. Often Macoré is also used in ship and wagon construction.


Macoré comes mainly from West Africa.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Angelique, can be found here

Tips & Tricks

Macoré, like many tropical wood species, can cause severe irritation of the skin and mucous membranes. Therefore, always work the wood with suitable suction devices and personal protective equipment to avoid unpleasant irritations.

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