Botanical Name

Cordia dodecandra

Other Common Names

Ziracote, Zircote, Sericote, Cericote


Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize

The Tree

The size of the trees is reported to vary from small to large, sometimes reaching 100 feet  in height. The trees are reported to be often sparsely distributed over a wide range.


Ziricote is the most dramatic member of the Cordia genus and stands apart from other exotic woods due to its unique grain lines that frequently depict spider webbing, marbled swirls. The heartwood is reddish brown with irregular chocolate or black streaks. These color tones contrast nicely with the sapwood which ranges from creamy vanilla to golden tan.


Ziricote has a medium to fine texture, and a straight to slightly interlocked grain. The pores are small, and overall the wood is very reminiscent of rosewood.

Working Properties

Ziricote can be brittle but is reported to be easy to work, finishing very smoothly and is highly attractive. Possible adverse reaction from the dust and wood is that it might be a skin sensitizer.


Instruments; Fine Furniture; Cabinetry; Inlays; Turnery; Flooring; Gunstocks.


A truly unique-looking wood, Ziricote has very few imitators; perhaps only the occasional piece of figured Brazilian Rosewood exhibits the same spider-webbing grain figure. Likely to be quite expensive, exceeding the price of some rosewoods, and approaching the cost of some types of ebony. Considered very rare.