Parota Wood Profile
The Parota tree grows primarily in the tropical regions of Central America and is widely sought for furniture design and projects for its:
hard-to-find large dimensions
neutral golden-brown coloring
distinct grain patterns
In particular, Parota wood is used to create unique furniture pieces. The heartwood is streaked with honey, reddish and dark brown colors 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.
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 coloring. 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 clear water-based polyurethane. This allows us to protect the wood and bring out parota’s intricate grains in a much less damaging way than glossy varnishes.
Parota Wood Growth
Parota is a fast-growing tree that can reach enormous heights (65’ – 98’ feet) and widths (59”–98” inches) in an incredibly short time. This makes it an ideal tree for reforestation and sourcing long wood slabs in an environmentally responsible way.
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.
FAQs About Parota Wood
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 color than other Acacia-like species, such as Suar or Monkey species in south-east Asia.