Machiche can have a somewhat bland and boring appearance, though finishing the wood serves to bring out the fine, light-colored parenchyma bands, giving the wood a little bit of character. Machiche is frequently referred to as “Caribbean, Mayan, or Aztec Cherry” in the flooring industry and has developed a reputation for being unmatched in the bending strength category. A proven winner for decking & flooring projects, it is gaining popularity due to the longevity it can provide.

Common Uses

Decking, flooring, furniture, as well as heavy construction in areas within its natural range.


Despite Machiche’s high density, it typically is easy to work. As in all cases of interlocked or irregular grain, care must be taken to avoid tearout, but machining results are generally good. Turns, glues, and finishes well.


Fairly easy to work, but tearout may occur when machining pieces with interlocked grain. Glues and finishes well, though because of its density and tendency to split, nails and screws should be pre-bored.