Selillón / Pouteria izabalense
Distribution & Tree
Strength & Durability
Ecological & Social Importance
The Pouteria genus is highly diverse with over 325 species, including many that produce edible fruit, such as zapote, and boasting very dense timber. Its scientific name is a tribute to the Department of Izabal where the tree was used historically for railroad crossties where it is known as one of the densest timbers and indeed one that sinks in water.
|Reference Species with Similar Density & Hardness|
|Technical Characteristics||Selillón||Black Locust||Sugar Maple|
|Bending Stiffness (Modulus of Elasticity)||GPa||13.8||14.1||12.6|
|Bending Strength (Modulus of Rupture)||MPa||121.2||133.8||109.0|
|Values determined at 12% humidity - Provided for reference only|
Values are for reference only and cannot be guaranteed. Wood is a natural material and physical and mechanical properties may vary depending on age, genetics, and other factors. We encourage customers to consult the references provided in the bibliography. For further explanations of wood’s key technical characteristics, an excellent resource is the Wood Database with articles on Density (average dried weight); Janka hardness; Elastic Modulus; Rupture Modulus; Crushing Strength; Radial, Tangential and Volumetric Shrinkage.