The heartwood of the moabi tree is pink or red brown, sometimes with streaks of subtle colour variations. The yellowish sapwood is up to 75 mm thick and visually clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Figured grain patterns, such as mottled or curved, are a common feature of moabi wood. It is easy to work, although figured wood is much more prone to chipping and tearout during planing or other machining operations. Moabi discolours when it comes into direct contact with iron. Because of its high silica content, moabi will rapidly blunt cutting tools. Generally speaking, moabi wood turns, glues and finishes well.
Moabi wood is ideal for veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry and flooring. Its properties are also very much appreciated in shipbuilding and for making musical instruments, turned objects and intricate woodwork.