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The Mahogany tree is a deciduous tree and is the national tree of Belize(South America) and Dominican Republic (Caribbean). Mahogany wood is a hardwood prized for paneling, furniture and boat building. Please enjoy these magnificent pictures of mahogany trees.
- African Mahogany Tree
- American Mahogany Tree, also known as Kentucky Coffee Tree
- Big Leaf Mahogany Tree - Honduras Mahogany Tree
- Brazilian Mahogany Tree
- Caribbean Mahogany Tree, this type of mahogany tree is extremely rare.
- Chinesse Mahogany Tree
- Hawaiian Mahogany Tree, also known as Koa
- Honduras Mahogany Tree, often called true or genuine mahogany
- Indian Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni) grows to height of 30 -40 feet
- Mexician Mahogany Tree
- Philippine Mahogany Tree
- Santos Mahogany Tree
- Spanish Mahogany Tree
- West Indies or Cuban Mahogany Tree
Scientific Name: Swietenia mahogoni. It is a tall deciduous tree, in that it looses it's leaves annually in the cooler season. Native Mahogany Trees can be found in the Southern Forida, USA, Mexico, Amazon, Central and Southern America, Cuba, Bahamas..
Some general information on the mahogany tree.
The name mahogany is used when referring to numerous varieties of reddish dark-colored hardwood. It is a native American word originally used for the wood of the species Swietenia mahagoni, known as West Indian or Cuban mahogany.
In the USA, Mahogany Trees can be found in hotter climate of Florida. Tthe Mahogany Tree's large size and wide canopy makes it an excellent shade tree in the hot humid Florida summers.
The term was next applied to the wood of Swietenia macrophylla, which is closely related, and known as Honduras mahogany. Both are from the Meliaceae family. Mahogany Wood is sold and cut into dimension lumber for furniture, bars plus sold as panelling for wall finishes.
Today, all species of Swietenia grown in their native locations are listed by CITES, and are therefore protected. Both Swietenia mahagoni, and Swietenia macrophylla were introduced into several Asian countries at the time of the restrictions imposed on American mahogany in the late 1990s and both are now successfully grown and harvested in plantations in those countries. The world's supply of genuine mahogany today comes from these Asian plantations, notably from India, Fiji, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.
Species of Swietenia cross-fertilise readily when they grow in proximity; the hybrid between S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla is widely planted for its timber. Mahogany is the national tree of Dominican Republic and Belize. It also appears on the national seal of Belize.The seeds or fruit of the Swietenia Mahogany (Swietenia Macrophyllae) tree is commonly called "SKY FRUIT" or bitter fruit. It is called "sky fruit because the fruit points up to the sky.
Feature Mahogany Species: Big Leaf Mahogany
Mahogany, Big Leaf
The majestic mahogany tree towers above the forest canopy. The large compound leaves are arranged in pairs on a central stem. The bark is dark brown, flaky and has a sweet smell. The tree produces small, fragrant clusters of white flowers in April. Prefers deep, rich well drained soil.
Type of Tree:
The Big Leaf Mahogany falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
The Big Leaf Mahogany grows to be 150' - 200' feet in height.
The Big Leaf Mahogany has a large broad crown and a trunk that can measure up to 6 feet in diameter.
This tree grows at a slow growth rate.
The mahogany tree does well in full sun.
The Big Leaf Mahogany prefers rich, deep, well drained soils.
Well drained. The tree is very drought sensitive.
Mature tree crowns tend to be irregular in shape.
The leaves from this tree are up to 20 inches long, these large pinnate leaves consist of 3 to 6 pairs with no terminal leaf
Small, fragrant white or yellow/green flowers arranged in loose clusters.
The fruit of the Big Leaf Mahogany is a large pear shaped capsule, the fruit usually ripens around January to March. The mahogany fruit is grey/brown in color and is filled with numerous seeds.
Big Leaf Mahogany Additional Info
The big leaf mahogany is a majestic tree that towers above the rain forest canopy. Harvested for its wood which is both beautiful and durable it is used to make furniture and musical instruments.
The majestic big leaf mahogany tree reaches heights of 200 feet and can be seen high above the rain forest canopy. It can live for over 350 years if not harvested by humans for it popular wood. Its dark brown bark has a sweet smell and its leaves can be as long as 20 inches. The gray-brown woody fruit splits open to reveal up to 60 winged seeds which are dispersed by the wind.
Due to over-exploitation the big leaf mahogany could become commercially extinct within a few years unless measures are taken to protect the species. Mahogany wood is used for making furniture and cabinets, musical instruments, floors and doors.
Common Uses of Mahogany Wood
Mahogany Tree Wood has a generally straight grain and is usually free of voids and pockets. It has a reddish-brown color, which darkens over time, and displays a reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable. Historically, the tree's girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. These properties make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture.
Much of the first-quality furniture made in the American colonies from the mid 18th century, when the wood first became available to American craftsmen, was made of mahogany. Mahogany is still widely used for fine furniture; however, the rarity of Cuban mahogany and over harvesting of Honduras mahogany has diminished their use. Mahogany also resists wood rot, making it attractive in boat construction. It is also often used for musical instruments, particularly the backs of acoustic guitars and drums shells because of its ability to produce a very deep, warm tone compared to other commonly used woods such as Maple or Birch.
A wide variety of electric guitars are also made with mahogany, notably the famous Gibson Les Paul, which uses a sandwiched body with a maple cap over a mahogany core. The tighter grain of maple generally yields a brighter tone, the combination of woods produce a warm, rounded tone with great sustain, as well as weight, for which the guitar is famous. The Gibson SG, and most of the PRS Guitars among others make use of Mahogany for the entire body, and often for the neck as well.
Mahogany is the national tree of the Dominican Republic and Belize. Belize national coat of arms features a mahogany tree with two woodcutters bearing an ax and a paddle. The national motto is "sub umbra florero" which means in English "Under the shade I flourish"
The Mahogany tree symbolizes strength and endurance.
The big leaf mahogany can live up to 350 years and is the tallest tree in the rain forest reaching heights of 200 feet. The leaves can reach up to 20 inches in length hence the name 'big leaf".
The major world suppliers of plantation mahogany are India and Fiji
Mahogany is highly resistant to rot, mold and other forms of decay. It is also immune to the furniture beetle and drywood termites.
A Mahogany Tree can in 25 years reach a mature height of about 50 feet or 16 metres
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