Hard Pear is a dense hard timber that grows in the Knysna area. It is available in limited quantities and dimensions, but makes highly desirable furniture. Some planks display wonderful ripple patterning. Takes a very smooth finish.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common uses: Furniture, cabinetry, tool handles.
Comments: In the past it was used for bridge building, wagon making and all sorts of other uses that required a tough, hard wood.