Humiriastrum procerum – Chanú

Dominant tree within the forest, reaching heights of 40 m, with a diameter between 60 to 80 cm.

It is found from Costa Rica, Panama, Guyanas, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, to Brazil. In Colombia it is found on the Pacific coast and in the basins of the Calima and Patía rivers.

General wood description

It has a vinegar-related odor when fresh.

Its sapwood is pinkish with gradual degradation and the heartwood is reddish brown with dark spots.

The grain is straight to crisscross.

Its texture is of a soft grain with longitudinal brown markings.

It is a moderately resistant wood to the attack of fungi and insects, it is very durable for outdoors.

It is easy to treat for immunization.

Common names

Colombia: Chanul, Chanó, Chanú, Diañemiu, Muidotiai, Nevavac, Aceituno, Batea

Ecuador: Chanul

Peru: Quinilla Colorada, Hispi

Panama: Corozo

Costa Rica: Corozo

Referenced uses


  • Railroad crossties
  • Bridges
  • Wall plates
  • Large stakes

General Housing

  • Molding
  • Parquet
  • Beams
  • Joists
  • Floors

Furnitures and Cabinets

  • Luxury furniture
  • Cabinets

Plywood and Veneer


  • Agricultural implements


  • Ladders

Naval Construction


  • Auto/truck bodies
  • Truck flooring

300 metros al norte de la plaza de deportes,
Los Angeles de la Fortuna,
Provincia de Alajuela,
San Carlos, Costa Rica.
CP 21007