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Mahogany Tree Fun Facts

Updated February 21, 2017

Mahogany trees are large, semi-evergreen trees that lose old leaves just as new leaves begin to grow in early spring. They produce green flowers, followed by small winged seeds. Mature trees are usually surrounded by small seedlings. They do not reproduce well from cuttings.

Size

Mahogany trees commonly grow 40 to 50 feet tall with an equal spread. In tropical conditions, they reach 75 feet in height with a canopy of 50 feet.

Warning

Mahogany trees naturally form large surface roots. These raise sidewalks, curbs and foundations from 6 feet away. This problem is solved by installing root deflectors, which force the roots downward.

Geography

Mahogany trees are native to the West Indies, Bahamas, South Florida, the Caribbean and the Pacific Coast. Worldwide distribution follows tropical climates.

Function

Mahogany trees are used as shade and showcase trees in landscapes. The red-tinted hardwood is used for making furniture, doors, panelling, musical instruments, ships, caskets, veneer and plywood.

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Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.