General Information. Verawood is a slow-growing, evergreen tree that can reach up to 30 metres in height but is more commonly 12 – 15 metres tall[. Bulnesia arborea. Family: Zygophyllaceae. click to print or download the file in. pdf format. Verawood. Maracaibo Lignum-Vitae. Are you looking to buy bulnesia arborea tree? Treeworld Wholesale offers finest varieties of South Florida Bulnesia Arborea tree.

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Bulnesia arborea

Verawood or Bulnesia arborea is a slow-growing, evergreen, flowering tree that grows around 15 m high with trunk diameter of up to 50 cm. It is drought tolerant and sometimes used as an ornamental plant. It is native to Colombia and Venezuela and known for its durable timber used in water turbines, mallet heads, pulley wheels, brush backs, and for railway crossties.

Verawood can be grown through seeds, cuttings, or layering. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. The heartwood is more or less striped and banded, varying in colour from light olive green to chocolate brown[ ]. The surface of fresh wood often turns dark green upon exposure[ ].

The sapwood is mostly thin and light yellow in colour[ ]. The wood is fine textured, cross-grained, with an oily appearance and feel, mildly and pleasantly scented when warmed[ ]. Owing to its high density and the resinous nature of the timber, the wood dries slowly and needs careful handling to avoid splitting, it is also prone to ring shake[ ].


When seasoned, it is not easy to work either with machine or hand tools but does turn well in the lathe[ ].

The heartwood is very durable under exposure and will last indefinitely in the ground[ ].

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There are reports that posts made from it have lasted for years without rotting[ ]. Because of its high density and self-lubrication, the wood has many uses similar to that of Lignum vitae Guaiacum officinalebut is not considered as suitable for propeller-shaft bushings[ ].

It is used as steps and collars for water turbines, mallet heads, pulley wheels, brush backs, locally for railway crossties[ ]. Prefers a fertile, well-drained soil and a position in full sun[ ].

Established plants are very drought tolerant and also arvorea salt-laden winds[ ]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form.

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Bulnesia arborea – Jacq. America – Colombia and Venezuela.

You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Bulnesia arborea is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m 49ft by 16 m 52ft at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone UK 9 and is frost tender.

It cannot grow in the shade.

It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information. A common tree of the dry shorelines and foothills[ ].