Scientific name: ceiba penttandra Gaertn. Syn.- C. Thonningli A. Chev

Other names: English: Ceiba, fuma, fromager

Geographic origin: Africa


&;8226; Sapwood: the colour varies from white, light brown, pink brown to grey. Yellow or grey shades usually appear.
&;8226; Heartwood: sometimes it can't be easily distinguished from sapwood.
&;8226; Fiber: intertwined.
&;8226; Grain: rough or thick.



&;8226; Plywood boards.
&;8226; Furniture elements.
&;8226; Molding.
&;8226; Cases.
&;8226; Insulating material.

Capacity of being impregnated

Capable of being impregnated.


&;8226; Sawing process: difficult. Wide saw is required.
&;8226; Drying process: drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Slow drying process is highly recommended.
&;8226; Gluing process: difficult due to its very porous surface.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: difficult due to the extraction problems.
&;8226; Finish: no difficulties.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density (12% de humidity): 320 kg/m3.
&;8226; Dimensional stability:
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 12%. partially nervous wood.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 0.8 very soft wood.


Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 430 Kg/ cm2.
&;8226; Elasticity module 44,000 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to parallel compression 250 kg/cm2.



To take into account:
In Spain is only used for plywood boards