In Central America, the tree is protected because the fruit is valued. Elsewhere, if the mamey is common, it may be felled for its timber. The heartwood is reddish- or purple-brown; the sapwood much lighter in color. The wood is heavy, hard, but not difficult to work, fine-grained and strong; has an attractive grain and polishes well. It is useful in cabinetwork, valued for pillars, rafters, decorative features of fine houses, interior sheathing, turnery and for fenceposts since it is fairly decay-resistant.