Trade names: Citron, Satinwood, Ceylon Satinwood, East Indian Satinwood
Origin: Sri Lanka, India, especially Mysore und Haiderabad.
Range: West India, Mexico and Jamaica
Uses: High quality architectural purposes, but more in North America and Australia than in Europe. The wood is really hard. It can also be used for smaller carvings.
Character: The wood is yellowish to cream in color. Generally sliced as true quarters which have a beautiful striped pattern. Since Satinwood also often has a bee’s-wing mottle it is an extremely decorative wood which has been used for centuries in making high quality furniture. Sapwood and heartwood are very similar. The sapwood is slightly lighter and narrower, while the heartwood in the fresh incision has a golden yellow color. Sometimes the wood is slightly brownish in color. It just darken a little bit. The wood has a beautiful shine and is always somehow flamed, wavy or grained. So it is really decorative. A close interlocking grain and conspicuous fiber deviations can occur. The interlocking grain can make the process more difficult. Clear growth zones give the veneer image its streaky texture. The medium-sized tree has an irregularly shaped trunk of 30-50 cm diameter.
Particularities: Freshly cut, the wood has a pleasant smell, which disappears with the drying. High export duties of the countries of origin, that’s why it is extremely expensive.