The heartwood can be light greyish-brown, dark chocolate or purplish-black. The sapwood is whitish to yellowish-brown, unless stained or steamed to match the heartwood. The slightly open grain is typically straight, but can be curly or wavy. The texture is usually coarse, but develops a lustrous patina in time. Burrs (burls), stumpwood and crotches produce notable mottled, curly and wavy figure.