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Bolivian Cherry Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to Bolivian Cherry (Manilkara, bidentata) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): Massarasanduba, Chico zapote, Quinilla.
Grown in: Brazil, Peru, Central America, Mexico.
Bolivian Cherry is a dense, deep reddish-brown wood with very fine graining.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: Bolivian Cherry varies from a medium reddish-brown to a deep, dark reddish-brown.
Color Change: Bolivian Cherry darkens slightly over time.
Where to Use
Given Bolivian Cherry’s extreme hardness, it may be used in residential and commercial installations.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Site Sanding/ Finishing: Bolivian Cherry is known to have adverse reactions when certain oil based finishes are used with this wood. Many oil finishes will not dry properly. In general, most water based finishes work with Bolivian Cherry. ALWAYS test the finish you propose to use FIRST on test pieces to ensure compatibility.
Allergic Reactions: Bolivian Cherry has been known to cause both contact dermatitis and respiratory allergic reactions so care must be taken when coming into contact with Bolivian Cherry dust.
Product availability
This species is currently not available in any collections.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for Bolivian Cherry.
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