Southern Mexico, Central
and South America
30-60 ft tall, 2-3 ft trunk diameter
Nogal is commonly used as a shade tree for coffee plantations in Nicaragua. As the canopy becomes taller and the tree reaches maturity, after about 75 years, the tree is cut and replaced with lower trees which shade the coffee better. Its wood is dark brown with rich purple and black tones. Its workability is very good and because it is softer than domestic walnut it is ideal for hand carving. The wood glues and finishes well. The wood has a higher value then domestic Walnut as it is not widely available and is imported from the south.