Freshly sawn sipo has a red brown to violet colour. This colour changes to golden brown after prolonged exposure to light. Sipo is relatively easy to machine. It has a sometimes irregular grain and a medium coarse texture. Surface treatment of the wood requires relatively little effort. Drying the wood is very time-consuming.
Sipo wood is extremely tough and very difficult to work, it has an unpleasant odour and is difficult to plane. It rapidly blunts tools. Azobe wood splits when it is nailed. For this reason, pre-drilled holes are recommended for nails and screws. The sapwood is up to 5 cm wide, yellow brown with a faint reddish or pink tinge. Azobe heartwood is deep red brown or dark red, sometimes almost violet, with a lively grain.
Sipo is suitable both for manufacturing furniture, stairs and parquet floors and producing door and window frames.