Wild Olive

Scientific name:  Olea europaea L. subsp. africana

Description:  Heartwood is typically yellow to light reddish brown, with contrasting darker brown to black streaks and veins. Yellowish sapwood is generally sharply demarcated from the heartwood, though it can be harder to tell apart if the heartwood lacks contrasting streaks. Overall colour tends to deepen with age. Olive is sometimes figured with curly or wavy grain, burl, or wild grain.  Grain may be straight, interlocked, or wild; fine uniform texture with moderate natural lustre.

Properties:  Can be somewhat difficult to work on account of its density and sometimes wild or interlocked grain, resulting in tearout during surfacing operations. Olive has high movement in service and is considered to have poor stability—especially if branch wood has been used (a more common occurrence with fruit trees like olive). Turns superbly, though drying checks and warpage can occur during drying. Glues and finishes well