Lumber Name(s): Wenge.
Grown in: Central Africa.
Description: Wenge is a uniform dark chocolate brown color that is used primarily for contrasting accent strips or in those areas desiring such bold dark look. Wenge is offered in selected straight grain for a very uniform look or in mixed graining, where the flat sawn figure yields a visible “flower” look. A related species from East Africa, Panga Panga, is also offered in the trade. It has the same graining as Wenge but with a more yellowish tone to it and never darkens as much as Wenge.
Color Range: Wenge, once aged is very uniform in color. Selected straight grain yields the most uniform selection.
Color Change: Wenge exhibits a large degree of color change with pronounced darkening from the yellowish color it is when freshly milled to a deep chocolate/black brown when aged. This process happens within a few months.
Where to Use: Wenge, one of the world's premier dark species, is used wherever a strong contrast is desired when used as accent strips, or may be used where the dark color and unique graining will make a design statement. Wenge and may used residentially & commercially.