Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra)


Common Names: Ziricote


Distribution: Central America and Mexico


Color/Appearance: Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed.  Ziricote has a very unique appearance, sometimes referred to as a “spider-webbing” or “landscape” grain figure. Quartersawn surfaces can also have ray flakes similar in appearance to those found on quartersawn Hard Maple. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for its aesthetic effect or to cut down on wastage.


Janka Hardness: 1,970 lbf


Density: 4.2 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 3.5%

Tangential (width): 6.7%,

Volumetric (total): 9.8%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.9


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Ziricote has been shown to cause cross reactions once an allergic sensitivity to certain woods has been developed. Woods that can cause initial sensitivity include: Pau Ferro, Macassar Ebony, Cocobolo and most rosewoods.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Furniture, veneer, cabinetry, gunstocks, musical instruments (acoustic and electric guitars), turned objects and other small specialty wood items.


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