The Pochote, also sometimes known as Pachira quinata, is a species of flowering tree in the mallow family, Malvaceae.
Pochote has an average life of 50 years. Over its life reaches up to 30 metres height and can offset 493 Kg Co2. This tree can grow in drier climates. Pochote has been excessively logged over the years and is almost extinct from the area of San Juan de Limay, and is known as a vulnerable species under the IUCN Red list.
It inhabits dry forests in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras Panama, Venezuela, and Colombia. Pochotes bear large, stubby thorns on their trunk and branches and are often planted as living fenceposts with barbed wire strung between them. Those thorns are also often used to make small house-like sculptures that are believed to bring protection to someone’s house since the pochote is believed to be sacred.
The tree is largely plantation grown in Costa Rica for its lumber, which is an ideal, remarkably stable hardwood similar in working properties to Cedrela odorata. It is one of the most affordable woods in Costa Rica despite its use in furniture, guitar marking, and other fine woodcrafts.
This item is planted in Nicaragua by our partner CommuniTree.