Swietenia mahogani (L.) Jacq.

West Indian Mahogany, Cuban Mahogany, Spanish Mahogany

Family: Meliaceae

Genus: Swietenia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 10 to 11

Size: Up to 70' tall, usually 30' and 20' wide.

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Semi-deciduous, losing all the leaves at the end of winter when the new growth starts. Leaves are pinnately compound and have no terminal leaflet.


Native to Florida and the Caribbean.

Published in Enum. Syst. Pl. 20 in 1760 - Jacquin cites Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 81.

Basionym Cedrela mahogani L. - Lectotype = "Arbor foliis pinnatis, nullo impari Alam claudente, nervo ad latus unum excurrente, fructu anguloso magno, semine alato instar Pinus" in Catesby, Nat. Hist. Carolina, 2: 81, t. 81, 1743.

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