Degame Hardwood


Degame, also known by its botanical name Calycophyllum candidissimum (Rubiaceae), is a versatile timber species with a broad sapwood zone, ranging in colour from white to light brown. The heartwood is typically light brown, oatmeal or olive-brown, though it can sometimes be greyish. The grain of Degame is irregular, ranging from straight to interlocked. It has an exceptionally fine, uniform texture and a low to medium gloss finish.

Degame is suitable for a wide range of applications, including cabinetmaking, joinery and turnery. If available from sustainable and legal sources, it can be used for a variety of projects. Degame is a highly versatile timber species, offering a range of potential uses.

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Also Called:
Lemonwood (Usa), Alazano, Degame Lacewood (Uk), Betun, Guayabo, Degame, Pale Camaron, Madrono (But Not To Be Confused With Arbutus Menziesii),

Durability Notes:
Degame wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Degame is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Degame - In both air and kiln dries well, but there can be some surface and end checking in planks. Warping can occur and there is a risk of twisting with samples that have irregular grain. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Degame is a very hard, tough and heavy wood, with exceptionally high bending strength and low stiffness. Planing qualities may be poor and the blunting effect is usually tolerable but can be severe if gum is present. The wood glues, stains and polishes well and carves easily when straight-grained.

Typical Uses:
Construction, Furniture, Flooring, Boat Building, Carvings, Musical Instruments.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Degame Wood

Is Degame a hardwood or a softwood? Degame is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Degame hardwood or softwood? - Degame is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Degame family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Degame? Degame can be described as light brown, white/cream (very light brown), yellow/brown

Is Degame good for outdoor use? or is Degame good for exterior use? Degame is most suited for internal/interior use. Degame should not be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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