Ziricote Hardwood


Ziricote wood is a truly unique species, with a striking combination of colors and patterns. The sapwood is a light yellow-brown hue, while the heartwood is a deep red-brown, with irregular, wavy dark streaks running across it at an angle. It has a medium texture and gloss, and can be found with either straight or interlocked grain. Ziricote is an incredibly versatile timber, perfect for use in cabinetmaking, furniture, carving, and much more. If you can source it from a sustainable and legal source, you can use it to create a wide range of products.

Ziricote is also known by its botanical name, Cordia dodecandra (Boraginaceae). It is a beautiful and durable wood, with a unique pattern that is sure to add a touch of character to any project. Ziricote is a truly remarkable species and is sure to be a great addition to any project that requires a unique and eye-catching timber.

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Also Called:
Ziracote, Sericote, Zircote, Siricote, Peterebi, Canalete, Laurel,

Durability Notes:
Ziricote wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Ziricote 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; Ziricote - is slow drying and fairly challenging to season. Ziricote has a tendency to surface check and develop end splits. Ziricote is stable in use. 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.

Ziricote is a hard, dense wood with a good bending strength. Ziricote works well with hand and machine tools and saws, planes, moulds, turns, carves, mortices, drills and glues well. Ziricote can be brought to a very smooth finish.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Carvings, Veneer, Musical Instruments, Boatbuilding, Turning.

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

Commonly asked questions about Ziricote Wood

Is Ziricote a hardwood or a softwood? Ziricote is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Ziricote hardwood or softwood? - Ziricote 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 Ziricote 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 Ziricote? Ziricote can be described as black/very dark brown, brown, dark brown

Is Ziricote good for outdoor use? or is Ziricote good for exterior use? Ziricote is most suited for internal/interior use. Ziricote 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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