Indian Rosewood

Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo)


Common Names: Indian Rosewood, Sissoo, Sheesham


Distribution: India, Nepal and Pakistan, as well as Western Asia; also grown on plantations


Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from golden brown to a darker reddish brown. The pale, straw-colored sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood


Janka Hardness: 1,660 lbf


Density: 4.0 lb/b.f.


Allergies/Toxicity: Reported to cause skin irritation


Controlled species: CITES: yes, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Musical instruments (percussion), furniture, flooring, boatbuilding, carving and turned objects