The sapwood is narrow, pale yellowish-white in color, often with a purple tinge, and the heartwood varies in color from light, nearly golden-brown through shades of light rose-purple with darker streaks, to deep purple with rather blackish lines, darkening with age. The wood is dull, as a fragrant scent, and a uniform and moderately coarse texture. The grain is interlocked in narrow bands and the wood is heavy, weighing 870kg/m³ when dried.
Rosewood is probably the best of the hard Indian timbers to dry in log form or as hewn-square baulks prior to conversion. By this means, color is retained much better, and degrade is low, except for the heart centre which may shake badly and should be boxed out during conversion. The timber dries slowly and should be protected against rapid drying both in the open air and in the kiln.