Platymiscium yucatanium

Trade Names

Macawood, Coyote, Granadillo

Similar Woods

Cocobolo, Kingwood, Santos Rosewood


Tropical South and Central America, from South Mexico to the Brazilian Amazon region


Grenadillo is mainly growing in the humid regions of the Central American tropics. The tree can reach heights of up to 40 m. Very often, Grenadillo is compared with other wood species, frequently with Cocobolo. Although Grenadillo is less shiny than Cocobolo, it is relatively similar to it. However, Grenadillo can be found considerably more often than Cocobolo.


Being an excellent and less expensive alternative to Rosewood or Cocobolo due to its similar appearance, Grenadillo is used as well for exclusive furniture, both as veneer as well as solid wood. The wood is also used for instrument making. Special products such as violin bows or billiard cues are made of Grenadillo, too.


The highly decorative wood shows a color spectrum ranging from dark purple to various shades of red up to dark brown, and it is often streaked with darker or lighter stripes, however, less spectacular than Rosewood or Cocobolo.


Problem-free, smooth and closed surfaces can be produced without difficulty.


Grenadillo only has a slight tendency to check and warp when being dried. Apart from that, drying presents no problem.


Grenadillo takes lacquers and other surface finishes without any problems.


Nail, screw and glue joints hold firmly and can be carried out problem-free.