Dalbergia calycinia – Rare highland variety of cocobolo rosewood in Escazu, Costa Rica

highland cocobolo
I’m so happy about this…I work mainly with Cocobolo, a rosewood of Central America, and eventually learned that sometimes I was buying a highland variety. After some years, I’d found it twice, growing above 4000 ft elevation, and finally found some in seed. We planted some,and after only 8 years three are in seed!

This was formerly common in the Costa Rican highlands, but made great charcoal, and was over harvested. Took some years to find out, but it’s Dalbergia calycinia. Much as in love, perseverance and the Sudden Lunge sometimes pay off! My wife and the grandchildren of J. Thurber will understand…

The native nurseries at ITCR and EARTH will share in the bounty. And thanks to John and Carla for helping gather the seed for these, way up between Escazu and Santa Ana.

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  1. PaulaC
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Barry,

    Thanks for this information. I would love to plant some of this trees in a land I have in Colombia. Will you be able to help be obtain some seeds?
    I appreciate your help,


  2. Posted September 2, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Dear Barry, we are involved in some reforestation work in northern Peru. I would be interested in planting Cocobolo and would like to pùrchase some Cocobolo seed from you.

    Best regards,

    Michael McColm

  3. dan
    Posted September 19, 2015 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Hi Barry.
    I love to plant the tree of hardwood, i have some kind of rosewood but dont have and i love the color of cocobolo (dalbergia retusa).
    Pls let me know if you have some that i can buy or you know where that i can get that seed.
    Dan. from Viet Nam

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