Guanacaste (Parota) Wood Slab Countertops and Table Tops


General Description:

Guanacaste is also known as Parota, Raintree or Kelobra and is similar to Acacia in appearance but easier in workability. A fast growing hardwood that is popular with bowl turners, carvers, furniture/cabinetry designers and boat builders.

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Janka Hardness



The Heartwood is light to medium brown in color, sometimes with a reddish hue. Darker streaks of brown are sometimes present. Sapwood is pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. It has a unique appearance and texture, which is due in part to its very large pores and interlocking grain structure (like mahoganys), which give it a somewhat coarse-textured, almost fibrous look.

Color Change:

Guanacaste undergoes a slight degree of color change over time.


The Grain is usually slightly interlocked. It has a very coarse texture and a moderate natural luster.


Rot resistance is rated as durable to very durable; mixed insect resistance.


It is easy to work with hand and machine tools. It glues and finishes well.