Mahoe is the timber tree currently being harvested from 24 – 28yrs old plantations at Las Casas de la Selva. Mahoe or Hibiscus elatus, (also known as “Blue Mahoe” for the characteristic coloration of its wood after milling), is a tree native to Jamaica and Cuba. A volunteer species, characteristic of open disturbed habitats and also found, due to its shade tolerance, as an understory tree in secondary forests, mahoe grows to 25 m tall and upwards of 100 cm DBH (KIMBER, 1970). It was recognized as a potentially important species for plantation and forest enrichment after a survey by Jamaican foresters (LONG, 1963 cited in KIMBER, 1970). It is an excellent wood with a rich variety of colors and attractive grain, but surprisingly, very little mahoe is currently being produced anywhere else. The first plantings in Puerto Rico were in the 1940s and it has been also been introduced to other Caribbean islands and Hawaii for evaluation. It has become naturalized in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, southern Florida and the West Indies (CHUDNOFF, 1982 cited in WEAVER, FRANCIS, n.d.)
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Mahoe turning and carving blanks are $26.00 per board foot
Mahoe lumber (wood from the mill that requires no further processing) is $20.00 per board foot. Wood for sale may include some sapwood, and all ends are anchor-sealed. Mahoe can vary greatly in color from tree to tree, the blue tone does not tend to endure for many years. The wood transforms over time to shades of browns, purples, greys, and bluey-greens. See pictures below of the variety of mahoe colors.
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Four Week Termite Test of Hibiscus elatus (Blue Mahoe) Sapwood and Heartwood Against Feeding by the Eastern Subterranean Termite Reticulitermes flavipes (Kolla
Figure 1: Test Blocks
- Arango, R.A., Green, F., Hintz, K., Lebow, P.K. & Miller, R.B. (2006) Natural durability of tropical and native woods against termite damage by Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar)
International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 57: 146-150.
- American Society for Testing Materials. (1998c) Standard test method for laboratory evaluation of wood and other cellulosic materials for resistance to termites. D345-74. In: Annual Book of Standards, Vol. 04.01. ASTM, West Conshohocken, PA. pp. 430-432.
- AWPA (2003) Standard method of testing wood preservatives by laboratory soil block cultures E10-01. In: Annual Book of AWPA Standards, American Wood Preservers’ Association, Selma, Alabama, USA, pp. 419-429.
- Experiment carried out for Tropic Ventures, Nov/Dec 2006
Rachel Arango, Biological Laboratory Technician, USDA Forest Products Laboratory