COLOR / GRAIN VARIATION
Typical : Yellow
New Color : Yellow-gold with small green, red, and/or blue streaks
Aged Color : Colors can darken.
A member of the legume family, almost every locality where this tree grows has one or more distinctive common names for it without regard to the species. Some of the most popular are Arariba, Porcupinewood, and Putumuju.
WHERE IT GROWS
Canarywood is generally a large tree reaching heights of 100 ft. or more with a trunk diameter of 30 to 50 in. Its big leaves are imparipinnate growing 7 to 17 opposite to alternate leaflets. The flowers are borne in terminal panicles and are usually yellow or purplish. The large samara-like pod has 1 to 3 seeds and looks similar to a chestnut bur sporting wings like a gigantic maple seed. Grows from Panama to Ecuador to South Brazil.
The sapwood, which is clearly demarcated from the heartwood, is pale yellowish. The heartwood is a vivid yellow or orange, usually variegated and sometimes rainbow-hued. As it ages, it typically darkens to red or brown. The texture and luster varies as does the grain, varying from straight to irregular.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Canary wood is said to have good acoustic properties, and is sometimes used for speaker enclosures and entertainment system cabinets.