Common Name(s): 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)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .44, .54

Janka Hardness: 890 lbf (3,960 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 11,660 lbf/in2 (80.4 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,463,000 lbf/in2 (10.09 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 7,160 lbf/in2 (49.4 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 3.3%, Tangential: 5.0%, Volumetric: 8.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.5


Color/Appearance: No data available.

Grain/Texture: No data available.

Rot Resistance: No data available.

Workability: No data available.

Odor: Has a pleasant, cedar-like scent.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although there have been no adverse health effects specifically reported for African Juniper, several other species within the Juniperus genus have been reported to cause skin and/or respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: No data available.

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.

Common Uses: No data available.

Comments: No data available.

Related Species:

  • Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana)
  • Aromatic Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  • Southern Redcedar (Juniperus silicicola)


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