K20742 Chime Tree/Guayaquil Wood
ChimeTree/Guayaquil Wood Slab
Common name (English)
Chime tree wood
Common name (Spanish)
Guayaquil - Igua - Naumo - Tabaca - Frijolillo
Pseudosamanea guachapele / Albizia guachapele
Distribution or habitat
Native to Central and northern South America.
Heartwood light orange brown when freshly cut becoming yellow brown or brown with a golden luster on drying; rather sharply demarcated from the thin whitish sapwood. Texture medium to rather coarse; grain generally interlocked; without distinctive odor or taste. Produces good quality timber with a high proportion of heartwood, widely appreciated within its native range.
Average dried weight
Color and Appearance
Chime tree wood is easy to work and surfaces finish smoothly after sanding; sawn surfaces are somewhat woolly.
Heartwood is rated durable to very durable upon exposure to both white-rot and brown-rot fungi. Reported to have excellent weathering characteristics. Heartwood is highly resistant to moisture absorption and thus presumed to be non-treatable.