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Root52 Gallery's Wood Species
Costa Rica is a small, Central American country located in the tropics at a latitude of about 10 degrees North. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica features greater biodiversity than Europe or North America. There are more than 200 precious woods in Costa Rica, many being some of the most coveted in the world. Most of these exotic tropical trees are so rare, that very few reach the world market. The strong and firm roots in our collection represent the attachment to life.


Blackwood  
Blackwood
Offers a beautiful pink flower when in bloom and can be spotted throughout Costa Rica.
Laurel  
Laurel
The mechanical properties of this timber are similar to those of mahogany.
Cachimbo  
Cachimbo
Offering a sweet smell, this wood is also suitable for the manufacture of musical instruments.
Palm  
Palm
The biggest Rosewood roots need hundreds of years to get to their amazing size.
Cedar  
Cedar
Known as the most noble wood to work with. Reaches heights up to 200 feet.
Palm Tree Rosewood  
Palm Tree Rosewood
Creating a Rosewood inlay in a Palm bowl has proved to be a fascinating part of our collection.
Cortex  
Cortex
Commonly known as “Golden Goddess” and “Golden Trumpet Tree.”
Purple Heart  
Purple Heart
One of the most distinctive woods in the world, Purple Heart is prized for its very unusual deep purple color.
Eucalyptus  
Eucalyptus
The name eucalyptus comes from the Greek word eukalyptos, meaning “well covered,” or “beautiful bark.”
Quebracho  
Quebracho
This wood was not worked with for many years because it would break woodworkers tools.
Frijolillo  
Frijolillo
Produced good quality timber with a high proportion of heartwood.
Raintree  
Raintree
In the tropical forest, Raintree is highly prized and a widely appreciated timber.
Fustic  
Fustic
Known for curative properties, Fustic is used by locals to cure head colds and tooth pain.
Rosewood  
Rosewood
Admired for its incredible luster and colors such as red, purple, orange and black.
Guachipelin  
Guachipelin
A hard wood, this tree has been used for generations as living fences.
Teak  
Teak
Popular in the 1950s and 1960s in a style often known as Danish modern.
Guanacaste  
Guanacaste
The National tree of Costa Rica, this tree is originally from the dry forests of the northern provinces.
Tigerwood  
Tigerwood
Favored among artisans, sculptors and woodworkers in Costa Rica.
Guapinol  
Guapinol
The fruit from this tree is used to make a drink called Pinolli. This drink is more appreciated than gold in some places.