Meliaceae - The Mahogany Family
Brazilian Cedar, British Guiana Cedar, British Honduras Cedar, Cedar, Cedre Rouge, Cedro, Cedro Oloroso, Cedro Red, Central American Cedar, Cigar Box Cedar, Epi, Guyana Cedar, Honduras Cedar, Jamaican Cedar, Kapere, Mexican Cedar, Odorata Spanish Cedar, Odorata Cedar, Spanish Cedar
Both Interior and Exterior
Cabinets, Carving, Doors, Cigar Boxes, Exterior Trim, Humidors, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Musical Instruments, Shipbuilding, Windows
This tree grows through most of Central and South America. The tree prefers to grow at lower elevations, but will grow in both most and dry soil. It is often one of the first species to regenerate in secondary forests. It also grows well in planned plantings and plantation setting.
The heartwood is pinkish to reddish brown which will darken slightly upon exposure to sunlight. The sapwood has a pale appearance. The wood is soft with a fine even texture and straight grain, which can be slightly interlocked.
Spanish Cedar produces a resin or gum that can bleed though finishes, this however is easily controlled with proper kiln drying schedules.