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Due to the arid conditions where they grow cocobolo trees are fairly uncommon


Cocobolo trees are usually not much taller then 50 feet and have a diameter

averaging about 20 inches. Since the regions where the cocobolo trees grow get little rainfall cocobolo trees are usually quite poor quality, yielding considerably less lumber then another tree of similar size.

The color of the wood is usually a stripped orange brown. The texture of colobolo is smooth with fine grains.The abundance of natural resins in the wood make it very resistant to insects or decay. It also makes cocobolo the wood of choice for some musical instrument makers. The wood is stable and provides a beautiful finish when done with oil or wax.

Cocobolo is also known as

  • Funera
  • Palo Negro
  • Nambar

Cocobolo is commonly used for

  • Specially carved items
  • wooden instruments
  • game boards
  • veneer / inlay


Since cocobolo has a lot of natural oils and resins it can cause skin irritation or rash. A dust mast can help reduce respiratory irritation.

Cocobolo Cocobolo
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