Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or
purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed.
Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as
"spider-webbing" or "landscape" grain figure. Quartersawn surfaces can
also have ray flakes similar in appearance to those found on quartersawn
. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, and/or to cut down on wastage.
Overall, Ziricote is farily easy to work considering its high density.
The wood tends to develop end and surface checks during drying, which
can be problematic: though the wood is stable once dry. Also, pieces are
usually available in narrow boards or turning squares, with sapwood
being very common. Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most
instances, it can also be glued
with no problems. (On rare occasions, the wood's natural oils can interfere with the gluing process.)
A truly unique-looking wood, Ziricote has very few imitators; perhaps only the occasional piece of figured Brazilian Rosewood
exhibits the same spider-webbing grain figure.