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