Manilkara zapota – Níspero

Manilkara zapota – Níspero

Evergreen tree 5-20 m high, although it can reach up to 40 m, and DBH up to 150 cm, with a generally straight, cylindrical stem, with grooves at the bottom.

Indistinct or absent growth rings. Diffuse porosity. Vessels with radial orientation, multiple of 4 or more.

General wood description

Dry wood with no distinctive odor

Heartwood uniform in color, dark reddish brown or purple, occasionally with dark streaks, clearly differentiated from the creamy-pink sapwood.

Straight or crisscross grain.

Texture soft marbling.

Heartwood very resistant to rot fungi, suitable for outdoor service in contact with the ground. Resistant to termites, but low resistance to marine borers.

Practically waterproof wood.

Common names

Mexico: Árbol del chicle, chapote, peruétano, xicotzápotl, zapote chico
Costa Rica: Níspero, níspero chicle
Nicaragua: Níspero, níspero de castilla
Panamá: Níspero
El Salvador: Níspero, zapote
Belice: Sapodilla
Guatemala: Zapote, chicozapote
Honduras: Zapote, zapotillo
Colombia: Zapote de carne

Referenced uses

General Housing 

  • Floors


  • Fenceposts
  • Pilings


  • Agricultural Handles


  • Pallets
  • Light containers

Other and Musical Instruments

  • Handicrafts

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