Heartwood can be highly varied in color, usually grayish or olive-brown colored, sometimes with streaks of green, blue, or purple. Expect prices to be high for an imported hardwood. Delightful wood, wonderful spicy smell, polishes well. Some blue mahoe is quite brown, whereas that sold below has blue, violet, light blue, steel blue, green and rarely even a royal blue color, but most of the wood has less than 20% blue. If I was to describe the smell of Blue Mahoe when being worked , I’d say it is like citrus , almost like mandarines sort of like oranges. Pricing/Availability: Past over-exploitation has led to very scarce availability of this lumber.