Ziricote is similar visually to Brazilian rosewood, but with dark greys instead of warm browns and rich chocolates. Tonally it is similar to striped ebony, but brighter.
Latin Name: cordia dodecandra
Origin: Southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala
Tone Profile: Deep boomy sound with sparkly highs.
Applications: A favorite wood for classical, Baroque, flamenco, and other fingerstyles.
Comparison: It is known for low dampening qualities, similar to most rosewoods, with rich basses and clear trebles. Produces more clarity than Indian rosewood, but provides more overtones than Macassar ebony.
Aesthetics: Striking in appearance, much like Brazilian Rosewood, often with “spider-webbing” but in shades of grays and olive greens with black rather than reds with black.
Backstory: A slow growing tree, Ziricote is found in tropical deciduous forests, usually at low elevations but occasionally at elevations up to 1,500 feet in the mountains. While not technically a rainforest tree, it does need at least 40 inches of rainfall annually.
Trivia / Fact: Sometimes called Mexican ebony, but it’s neither black nor an ebony