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Why Parota Wood? FAQs and Qualities of Parota Wood

Parota wood is commonly known as guanacaste and scientifically known as Enterolobium Cyclocarpum. You may also hear parota referred to as rain tree, caro caro, or elephant ear tree–which refers to its seedpod shape–depending on where you are.

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Parota Wood Profile

The parota tree grows primarily in Mexico and Central America and is commonly used in wooden furniture design and projects for its:

  • hard-to-find large dimensions
  • neutral golden-brown colouring
  • distinct grain patterns
  • affordable cost.

 

In particular, Parota wood is used to create unique furniture pieces. The heartwood is streaked with honey, reddish and dark brown colours alongside clearly distinct, creamy sapwood. It is also possible to produce parota furniture without any white sapwood for a modern look. Contact us to ask how we can customize your ideal design.

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Unique Parota Wood

Parota is particularly desired for its bold, striking wood grain, which resembles Acacia or Koa wood in appearance but with more texture and consistent colouring. However, as the parota tree is a much faster growing species, the density is lighter, comparable to a redwood or mahogany. This makes it ideal for large furniture or projects.

Parota also has a moderately natural lustre, which we naturally highlight with oils. This allows us to protect the wood and bring out parota’s intricate grains in a much less damaging way than glossy varnishes.

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Parota Wood Growth

Parota is a fast-growing tree that can reach enormous heights (20–30m) and widths (1.5–2.5m) in an incredibly short time. This makes it an ideal tree for reforestation and sourcing long wood slabs in an environmentally responsible way. Read what makes the Guanacaste tree the ideal role model for sustainable wood design.

Parota is also notably lighter and less dense than most exotic hardwoods, making it possible to get much larger slabs of natural wood at lower weights than other imported hardwoods.

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FAQs About Parota Wood

  • Names: Parota, Guanacaste, Enterolobium cyclocarpum
  • Location: Parota wood is primarily found in Central America and Mexico, as well as some parts of northern South America.
  • Colour: Parota heartwood is typically light to medium brown, occasionally with a reddish hue or darker streaks of amber brown. Parota’s outer sapwood is a pale yellow and is unique is its clear demarcation from parota’s heartwood.
  • Appearance: Parota wood is known for its bold, striking wood grain, similar to Acacia or Koa wood. But it grows much faster, so its texture is in between redwood and mahogany.
  • Durability: Parota wood is rated as a very durable wood, with mixed insect resistance. This makes it more sustainable than some other hardwoods, for example, red oak, which is a non-durable wood with poor insect resistance and stains when in contact with water.
  • Growth: Parota is a fast-growing tree that is known to reach enormous heights and widths, with large parota wood slabs commonly found.
  • Parota tree size: The parota tree can reach average heights of around 65–100ft (20–30m) tall, with trunk diameters growing to approximately 5–8ft (1.5–2.5m) wide. This makes it easier to find large slabs of natural-edge pieces compared to some other woods, for example, cedar reaches a maximum width of 1.2m.
  • Average dried weight: Parota is a relatively light exotic hardwood (27 lbs/ft3 or 440 kg/m3), almost half the weight of red and white oak (44–47 lbs/ft3, 700–755 kg/m3)
  • Grain and texture: Parota wood usually has a slightly interlocked grain with a textured surface. Parota wood has a moderate natural lustre.
  • End-grain: Parota’s diffuse-porous grain–common in tropical trees–creates an even distribution of pores throughout the wood. Parota’s grain is also distinguished by solitary and radial multiples, with narrow to medium rays with side spacing.
  • Pricing/availability: Due to parota’s large trunk size, it is easier to sustainably source large parota wood slabs, including live-edge cuts. Due to the lighter size of parota wood, importing or exporting parota slabs or parota furniture can sometimes be cheaper.
  • Sustainability: Parota is a relatively resistant tree, making it common in reforestation projects. Parota is ranked as a highly sustainable resource, and one of the few imported hard words not listed on the CITES Appendices nor on the IUCN list of threatened species.

 

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Sustainable Parota Wood

From its fast-growing properties Parota is a highly sustainable harvested species and not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN list of threatened species. Read more about parota’s sustainability profile.

As Hawaiian Koa becomes harder to find in almost any dimension, Parota wood is an ideal alternative. Parota wood is also typically easier to work and more consistent in grain and colour than other Acacia-like species, such as Suar or Monkey species in south-east Asia.

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About PAROTAS

PAROTAS is a company offering custom wood furniture and parota wood slabs for hotel, office, restaurant and home design projects, exclusively working with the striking parota wood from Mexico.

We hand pick each parota wood cut to ensure top quality, and work with specialized architects, carpenters, artists and designers to create modern wooden furniture collections. In this way, PAROTAS aims to create a new style of Mexican wood furniture.

All Parota wood used in our wooden furniture pieces is fully certified, and solely sourced from Mexican regions where environmental practices are strictly enforced through environmental co-operations.

Contact PAROTAS to enquire about sizes, prices, custom designs and parota wood slabs for sale. PAROTAS also arranges international delivery and exports, providing a door-to-door service.

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Photo credits: Avancari via Wikimedia Commons (guanacaste tree); jayeshpatel912 (Enterolobium Cyclocarpum flower).

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  1. Mary

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    My parota wood was refinished and is now dull and dry . What lnd of ginisj should be put on Patota wood to preserve its luster?

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      It depends on what it was finished with. We normally use a mixture of natural oils, which can be refinished at any time by a simple reapplication. If it was finished with varnish or another chemical-based product, you may need to sand it back first before you can fix it. We offer this service, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  2. Bob Merchant

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    The Parota wood in Manzanillo Colima Mexico area must be a variation, as it is actually denser than most woods, very heavy, and noted for strong insect resistance. The wood here has very little sap wood, and almost all dark grained. It makes excellent cabinets and furniture.

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      Climate and growth rate can affect the density of parota wood. The hardwood is known for its strong insect resistance, while the sapwood has less resistance. It is a great wood for any type of furniture or wood design, which is why we love to work with it.

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