Ebony (Abroma), with a long history dating back to the ancient Egyptians, is now grown worldwide for its beautiful grain and dark color. The name Ebony derives from the Greek word meaning “hard wood.” Ebony trees are native to Africa and Asia. In fact, this dark-brown hardwood is probably the most sought after in the natural world.
Ebony comes from three species: Ebony dross, Ebony grandis, and Ebony grandis. These species are collectively known as Abroma. Ebony can be found in most parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, South America, Madagascar, and Australia. Ebony contains high amounts of a pigment called melanin, which gives it the color it holds. Ebony trees are native only in Africa, and only a few grow in Africa today. It is rare to find trees anywhere in Asia.
Dark, oily grains of the wood contain dark brown stains. This dark stain allows the wood to show off fine grains, its fine texture, and its mirror-like appearance. Ebony grows best in deciduous forests, but it is also commonly found growing in coniferous forests. However, it is not native to North America. Most people believe that the name Ebony comes from the fact that it was used by Egyptians to paint coffins.
Ebony wood is prized for its high amount of manganese, iron, phosphorus, and copper. The wood’s rich coloring is enhanced by its manganese content, especially in the inner core of the grain. The manganese content of the grain also makes it desirable for its color blocking property. Ebony trees are used to create various types of furniture, including tables, chairs, chests, benches, and shelves. They are also used in making furniture for gardens, as planters, and in decorative fountains.
Ebony can be harvested from many species, with a wide variety of harvest times. Ebony trees grow quickly, producing dense, dark-colored leaves, fruit, and stalks, that make it easy for farmers to harvest and store. for later use. Harvesting from mature trees requires less effort than harvesting from young trees, since it grows so fast.
Because of its growth rate, ebony produces a large tree, that usually requires large trees to grow. In fact, mature trees produce more foliage than do young trees. The leaves grow short, with thick roots. The fruit of the tree develops after a year and takes up to six years to form. Fruit, called “the achene,” contains many seeds, some of which fall to the ground to form seed clusters.
Due to its high percentage of manganese, ebony has excellent resins that make it resistant to rot, insects, and decay. This oil is often used for floor coverings in wood floors. It can also be used for tanning leather products like leather chairs and furniture.
If the trees are planted close to a home or business, a high percentage of their fruit will rot, so the tree needs to be replanted every year or two. However, in the long run the trees will produce fruit. and the fruit will provide years of enjoyment to homeowners.
Ebony trees can be found growing in areas all over the world. Some of the largest populations are found in India, Africa, Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, and Central America. The trees are known to grow in damp and shady places, such as damp hillsides and fields.
Because ebony is not drought resistant, it is best suited to dry climates. The trees can also be planted on slopes, in arid regions where water is scarce. The tree can also be grown in places where rainfall is sparse, since it does not need to rely on moisture from rain to survive.
The tree can be cut to create large blocks, called ebony veneers, and used to create decorative pieces on table tops, chests, cabinets, and other furniture. The blocks can be cut into any shape desired and glued into place, for a variety of artistic looks.
As an elegant and beautiful tree, ebony is very popular with furniture makers. It is beautiful to look at, and durable. Its ability to withstand wear and tear makes it ideal for use in homes, offices, gardens, and in garden decorating.