Is Tzalam Wood Good For Exterior Uses?


Caribbean Walnut wood is so strong and resistant to weather conditions, water, and humidity, that lately, many docks in Mexico have been built with tzalam. Tzalam wood doesn’t lose its color the same way teak or other types of woods used for outdoor furniture do.


Tzalam wood doesn’t lose its color the same way teak or other types of woods used for outdoor furniture do. Lysiloma bahamense has a warranty of at least 10 years, which means that with proper maintenance, this furniture can maintain its color and quality for 10 years or more! Tonal Qualities are reported to be good.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tzalam hardwood?

Caribbean Walnut (Tzalam) may not be the most known species of hardwood in the United States and Canadian markets, but it is something you will see all over Central America, it's native area. The color of Tzalam is naturally brown, so no need for steaming here.

What is Tzalam wood?

Also called Caribbean Walnut. This is a high-density wood from Mexico. This wood is fairly fine-textured with a straight open grain and colors that range from light brown to chocolate.

Is Guanacaste a hardwood?

Being a hardwood, Guanacaste demonstrates a decent resistance to humidity and termites. Guanacaste trees are known for their large proportions and are often found with expansive trunks and extended spherical crowns. This makes them especially popular for large-sized slab tables.

Is parota wood expensive?

Parota wood is one of the most expensive wood species to use for furniture.

What kind of wood is Tzalam used for?

Common Uses: Flooring, exterior furniture, interior trim, veneer, turned objects, and other small, specialty wood items. Comments: Perhaps due to its somewhat obscure and strangely spelled common name, Tzalam is sometimes marketed as “Caribbean Walnut,” though it bears little relation to the true walnuts in the Juglans genus.

Why are Tzalam trees considered to be sustainable?

A very important feature of this wood is the fact that during its growing process, the tzalam tree throws seeds around its circumference which allows other tzalam trees to grow in the same area. This is why Caribbean Walnut wood can be considered as “sustainable”.

Are there any side effects to using Tzalam?

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Tzalam has been reported to cause cold-like symptoms. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information. Pricing/Availability: Prices likely to be moderate for an imported tropical species.

Why is Tzalam so popular on the Caribbean coast?

Tzalam is a popular choice on the Caribbean coast for pool loungers and other exterior furniture due to its ability to stand up to the elements while maintaining a nice visual appeal. In the United States, Tzalam is quickly rising to the top of the desired list for high end wood floors as well as hand scraped engineered wood flooring.

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