Exotic Species & Grades

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Exotic
Species &
Grades

Northwest Hardwoods offer over 20 species of exotic hardwood that are kiln-dried for appropriate conditioning and moisture content. After final inspection, we separate Select & Better from other grades to maintain grade integrity.

Afrormosia

Afrormosia Other Common Names: Afrormosia, Assamela, Baracara, Bohala, Jatobahy do igapo, Kokriki, Kokrodua, Mekoe, Mohole, Obang, Ole, Olel Pardo, Peonio,…

Aniegre

Aniegre Other Common Names: Aniegre Botanical Name: Aningeria spp Source Region: Africa Common Uses: Furniture, cabinetry, millwork and veneer Interior…

Bloodwood

Bloodwood Other Common Names: Satine Botanical Name: Brosimum rubescens Source Region: Tropical S. America Common Uses: Turnings, carvings, knife handles…

Bubinga

Bubinga Other Common Names: African Rosewood, Kevazingo Botanical Name: Guibourtia tessmannii Source Region: Africa Common Uses: Furniture, millwork, veneer, musical…

Caribbean Rosewood

Caribbean Rosewood Other Common Names: Chechen, Poisonwood Botanical Name: Metopium brownei Source Region: Caribbean and Mexico Common Uses: Flooring, veneer,…

Cumaru

Cumaru Other Common Names: Brazilian Teak Botanical Name: Dipteryx odorata Source Region: Northern South America Common Uses: Hardwood flooring and…

Genuine Mahogany (CITES II)

Genuine Mahogany (CITES II) Other Common Names: Honduran Mahogany, Brazilian Mahogany, and Big Leaf Mahogany Botanical Name: Swietenia Macrophylla Source…

Granadillo

Granadillo Other Common Names: Macacauba, Amazon Rosewood Botanical Name: Platymiscium yucatanum Source Region: Central America Common Uses: Furniture, musical instruments,…

Ipe

Ipe Other Common Names: Brazilian Walnut, Lapacho Botanical Name: Handroanthus Source Region: Central and South America Common Uses: Hardwood flooring…

Iroko

Iroko Other Common Names: African Teak Botanical Name: Milicia excelsa Source Region: Tropical Africa Common Uses: Veneer, flooring, furniture and…

Jatoba

Jatoba Other Common Names: Brazilian Cherry Botanical Name: Hymenaea courbaril Source Region: Central and South America Common Uses: Flooring, furniture…

Makore

Makore Other Common Names: African Cherry Botanical Name: Tieghemella heckelii Source Region: Western and Central Africa Common Uses: Veneers, plywood,…

Okoume

Okoume Botanical Name: Aucoumea klaineana Source Region: Central Africa Common Uses: Veneers, plywood and interior millwork Interior Application: Yes Exterior…

Padouk

Padouk Other Common Names: Vermillion, Padauk Botanical Name: Pterocarpus soyauxii Source Region: Central and West Africa Common Uses: Veneers, flooring…

Purpleheart

Purpleheart Other Common Names: Amaranth Botanical Name: Peltogyne spp Source Region: Central and South America Common Uses: Furniture, flooring, inlays,…

Red Grandis

Red Grandis Other Common Names: Eucalyptus Botanical Name: Eucalyptus grandis Source Region: South America Common Uses: Flooring, outdoor furniture, millwork,…

Santos Mahogany

Santos Mahogany Other Common Names: Cabreuva Botanical Name: Myroxylon balsamum Source Region: Central and South America Common Uses: Flooring, millwork…

Sapele

Sapele Other Common Names: Sapelli Botanical Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum Source Region: Africa Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, flooring, turnings, boatbuilding…

Shedua

Shedua Other Common Names: Ovangkol, Amazique, Mozambique Botanical Name: Guibourtia ehie Source Region: West Africa Common Uses: Veneers, furniture, musical…

Spanish Cedar (CITES II)

Spanish Cedar (CITES II) Botanical Name: Cedrela odorata Source Region: African Plantation Sourcing Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, cabinetry, musical instruments,…

Teak

Teak Other Common Names: Burmese Teak Botanical Name: Tectona grandis Source Region: Southern Asia, Africa, and South America Plantation Sourcing…

Utile/Sipo

Utile/Sipo Other Common Names: Sipo, Sipo Mahogany Botanical Name: Entandrophragma utile Source Region: West and Central Africa Common Uses: Furniture,…

Wenge

Wenge Botanical Name: Millettia laurentii Source Region: Africa Common Uses: Veneer, millwork, turnings, musical instruments and flooring Interior Application: Yes…

Zebrawood

Zebrawood Other Common Names: Zebrano Botanical Name: Microberlinia brazzavillensis Source Region: West Africa Common Uses: Veneers, turnings and furniture Interior…

Sustainability

CITES: Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species

Signed in 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is based on precautionary regulations imposed before a species becomes endangered or extinct. The convention regulates trade of select hardwoods species through an agreed upon, international system of permits and custom inspections upon both import and export of products. With CITES certification, the hardwoods have been legally acquired and produced in a sustainable fashion. CITES has been successful because governments understand that sustainable trade contributes to the survival of a species by creating economic incentives for its continued existence.

CITES has three different levels of protection for species, known as Appendices.

Appendix I

Appendix I represents species that are in danger. These species are considered to be threatened with extinction and not allowed to be traded.

Appendix II

Appendix II species are not currently threatened with extinction but are at risk in the wild. Species in this appendix are closely regulated but not as restricted as Appendix I. Appendix II species require a CITES export permit.

Appendix III

Appendix III species are listed voluntarily by individual countries. Countries list these species in order to help preserve the species in question. Appendix III species require a CITES export permit. Countries that did not list the species must provide a Certificate of Origin showing that the shipment did not come from an Appendix III country. Species in this appendix are far less restricted than those included in Appendix I or Appendix II.

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