Mahogany plants


Look for a sunny spot. Mahogany trees do best when planted in areas that receive partial to full sun.

  • Avoid heavily shaded areas.
  • Also note that these trees are considered tropical varieties and thrive best in warm climates. Harsh winters can easily damage or destroy mahogany trees. Think twice about planting a mahogany tree if your winters reach below temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius)


Check the soil. Mahogany trees can grow in a range of soil types, but they do thrive best in well-drained sandy loam soils.

  • Avoid heavy clay soils and duplex soils.
  • Additionally, mahogany trees do best in neutral soils. They can survive in strongly acidic soils, too, but avoid planting them in alkaline soils. If you need to use naturally alkaline soil, amend it with sphagnum peat, ammonium nitrate fertilizer, sulfur-coated urea, or agricultural sulfur.
  • Most mahogany trees are resistant to salt spray, so soils frequently drenched by salt water mist should not present a problem.
  • Since mahogany trees have deep root systems, you should make sure that the soil you plant it in runs deep, too.


Give the tree plenty of space. Plant the tree at least 15 feet (4.57 m) away from any house or large structure. It should also be 8 feet (2.43 m) or more away from sidewalks, streets, and driveways.

  • Mahogany trees tend to have large canopies and long roots, which is why appropriate spacing is so crucial.
  • Similarly, it is best to plant multiple mahogany trees at least 15 feet (4.57 m) apart. You should be able to plant grasses, flowers, and small shrubs near the base of the tree without much problem, however.

Honduran or big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), with a range from Mexicoto southern Amazonia in Brazil, the most widespread species of mahogany and the only true mahogany species commercially grown today.They take roughly 25 years to reach a mature height of 50 feet, which means they have a relatively fast growth rate compared to other trees. However, mahogany trees must be planted under ideal conditions and in the right climate to help ensure productive, healthy growth.Mahogany can reach 75 feet in height with a 50-foot-spread but is more often seen at 40 to 50 feet tall and wide. The dense, strong wood of Mahogany is quite resistant to wind-damage on properly trained trees, making this tree all the more ideal for use as a shade tree or street tree.The preeminent rosewood appreciated in the Western world is the wood of Dalbergia nigra which is now a CITES-listed endangered species on Appendix 1, which means no commercial sales for wood that is cut after 1992. It is best known as Brazilian Rosewood, but also as Bahia rosewoodSouth American Mahogany, Swietenia macrophylla. This wood is from Central or South America and may be named Mahogany, Honduras Mahogany, South American Mahogany, American Mahogany or Genuine Mahogany. For the past 200-300 years this species was the choice of furniture makers.