Early in its life, a member of the extinct rosewood species grew like any other tree, but as it aged it began to produce a sort of petrified reddish wood with the strength and texture of good Antharian marble. Only the most well-fashioned magical blades were capable of cutting the rosewood free from its mother tree, allowing it to be carried the many bloits to building sites.

Sometime before the formation of Quendor, blights killed off the source trees that grew this highly rare and valuable precious material. Although a complete understanding of rosewood now lies buried under ages of forgotten knowledge, it was still believed that the strong, marble-like stone that made up many rare rosewood buildings was created in the final stages of the rosewood lifecycle.