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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