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Peroba rosa - Manglillo - Aspidosperma Spp.

Trade or Common Name: Peroba rosa
Local Name: Manglillo
Botanical Name: Aspidosperma Spp.
Family: Apocynaceae 

The Tree: Peroba rosa is a tall canopy tree, averaging 100 feet in height in the natural rainforest, with a straight cylindrical bole 2 to 3 feet in diameter. Larger specimens may reach 130 feet, with trunks up to 4 or 5 feet in diameter.

Status: Peroba rosa has been heavily exploited in the past because of its durability, and is now sought because of its beauty. Peroba rosa is becoming increasingly scarce outside of parks and preserves and is now very rare in parts of its original range.

The Wood: Peroba rosa is a very attractive wood, light brown to pinkish to rose-red and often variegated or streaked with pink, purple or brown. The texture is fine to medium and uniform, with a medium luster and straight to interlocking grain. Peroba rosa is moderately heavy, weighing 47 pounds per cubic foot and has a specific gravity of .66. It turns and shapes easily, glues well, and readily takes a high polish. It is stronger than teak and rated very durable.

Uses: Peroba rosa is favored for fine furniture and cabinetry, decorative veneers, joinery and millwork, flooring, interior trim, sash and doors. It is also used for specialty items in turnery and carving.

Availability: We grow peroba rosa trees both in pure plantings and as part of our Premium Mixture. 

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