A quality of the African Mahogany ( Khaya senegalensis) that gives it strong potential for commercial plantations is its adaptability to a great variety of soil types and conditions. It is able to withstand periodic inundation by flood waters as well as survive through prolonged drought. During the first year of growth it develops a deep taproot, which makes it particularly drought hardy.
African Mahogany is known to occur naturally within areas of mean average rainfall between 400-1750mm. Tropical North Queensland experiences wet summers and dry winters. The majority of rain falls between December and April with a pronounced dry period from June to November. This seems to suit the species with those wood plots already planted doing well under these conditions.