It is widely cultivated and makes 30% of all plantation trees in Kenya. It should not be grown near crops due to its shallow root system which makes it to compete with crops for nutrients. P. patula is more suitable for woodlots. Its wood is white to pale brown and light and soft. It finds use in doors, furniture and house ceilings. Wide variations in daily temperatures may result in the wood cracking.
- Fuel: it produces excellent fuel wood.
- Fiber: The species is used in the commercial manufacture of pulp, for instance in the Paper Mills.
- Timber: The wood is suitable for particle board manufacture and gives a board of good strength, does not appreciably retard the setting of cement and can be used satisfactorily for making wood-wool slabs and boards.
- Gum or resin: When tapped, P. Patula yields an oleoresin, which is distilled to give turpentine, and rosin which is used in, for example, paint and batik industries.