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Premium Tonewoods

Sustainable Harvesting

Three-X Quality Check

Over 40 Years In Service

Botanical Name:

Cybistax Donnell-Smithii



Other Names:

White Mahogany, Palo Blanco, Cortez Blanco, Durango, San Juan

Tree Height:

100 ft

Tree Diameter:

2-3 ft

Weight at 12% moisture content:

30 lbs./ft. 3

Growing Regions:

Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela

General Characteristics:

Primavera wood has a color that ranges from yellowish white to light yellowish brown, often with darker streaks, and a high luster.  The grain is usually roey producing a conspicuous ribbon figure, and a medium texture.


Furniture, cabinets, decorative veneers, and interior trim

Working Properties:

Primavera wood is easy to work in all operations, even though there may be considerable grain variation.  This wood finishes smoothly and acquires an attractive polish.

Suitable Substitutes:

None Mentioned


This is a very attractive wood from several different aspects.  The Primavera we import is plantation grown — usually to shade young coffee plants, and is harvested when it has served its purpose. So, use of Primavera is ecologically friendly. Primavera is one of the most beautiful of the light colored woods — it has the deep, inner glow of Mahogany, and is frequently highly figured.  Properly sanded and finished, it can be spectacular. Now the negative side — some people find the smell of the wood during machining is not to their liking — somewhat like Cottonwood. Once the machining is complete, though, there is no noticeable odor. In the United States, around the turn of the century, Primavera was in favor for use as a decorative millwork wood in high-quality construction. We have seen examples and cannot understand why its use has not continued — possibly supply problems.


“Commercial Foreign woods on the American Market” by David A. Kribs, Dover Pub. Inc. 1968, p. 17

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