One of the most beautiful of the light-colored woods, Primavera has the deep, inner glow of Mahogany, so hearing it called “White Mahogany” should come as no surprise.
Indigenous to Central America, Primavera grows mainly in Southwestern Mexico, along the Pacific coast of Guatemala and El Salvador, and in North-Central Honduras. Locales where it’s frequently referred to as “Prima Vera,” “Cortez Blanco,” or “ Duranga.”
Because of its somewhat restricted growth range and relative scarcity of naturally grown trees, Primavera’s use has been more limited than one might expect. But recent plantations have increased the ecologically-friendly, sustainable supply of the species — there’s plenty of Primavera to be had, with a clear conscience to boot.
As elegant as it is exotic, Primavera is a creamy white to soft yellowish color that’s sometimes tinted with pale brown or pinkish streaks. Overall, it tends to darken and redden with age. And can exhibit a ribbon-like “chatoyancy,” similar to quartersawn Sapele. The grain of Primavera ranges from straight to interlocked, which produces a wide variety of figure patterns. It has a medium to rather coarse texture, and very high luster.
Properly sanded and finished, Primavera can be absolutely spectacular. And an amazing choice for wood veneer sheets, custom plywood, cabinetry, furniture, interior woodwork, and special exterior uses.
Pacific Coast of Guatemala
Pacific Coast of El Salvador
North Central Honduras
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CITES Appendices: Not listed
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Not listed