Bishopwood is a medium-sized or large tropical tree with bright green leaves that is widely cultivated as a street and shade tree and for its high quality lumber. Bishopwood heartwood is a lavish blend of purple, red, and brown. It lends itself well to woodworking projects of all types, and is especially good for turning. Bishopwood is used in construction for beams, posts, docks, bridges and decking, and also for flooring, joinery, interior finish, mine props, railway sleepers, furniture, lining, agricultural implements, carving, pencils and billiard cue butts. It is a potential source of long fibres for pulp and paper production, and is also suitable for the production of veneer and plywood. Bishopwood fruits are used for wine in the tree’s original habitat, and a red dye can be extracted from the bark. Evergreen or deciduous, dioecious, medium-sized to fairly large tree up to 35(–50) m tall; bole straight or poorly shaped, branchless part usually short but sometimes up to 20 m long, up to 80(–170) cm in diameter, sometimes with steep buttresses up to 3 m high; bark surface fissured and scaly with small thick shaggy scales, reddish brown to purplish brown, inner bark fibrous, spongy, pink, exuding a red sap; crown dense and rounded.
- Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.