The heartwood is orange or golden yellow, darkening upon exposure.

Opepe hardwood is suitable for heavy construction including bridges, harbor works, underground construction.

It is also used in heavy flooring, joinery, interior trim, boat building, railway sleepers, poles, hydraulic works, bridges, ship planking. It is suitable for use in Marine Environment. It has a high durability with an expected service life of up to 50 years.

Opepe is also known as Bilinga.

As per British Standards Opepe Hardwood is classified as Grade D50.