Vitex cooperi is a semideciduous tree growing 10 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is buttressed and fluted, it can be 10 - 75cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
Central America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala.
Moist to wet forests at low to medium elevations up to 600 metres[
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The wood splits readily[
]. It is used for general construction, fence posts and in the manufacture of tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel[
We have no more information on the wood for this species. However, we have a general description for the wood of S. American species of this genus, which is as follows:-
The heartwood is variable according to the species, ranging from yellowish-brown through deep brown, olive-green or olive-brown; it is usually not sharply demarcated from the whitish, yellow, or pale brown sapwood. The texture is rather fine to moderately coarse; the grain straight, sometimes irregular; lustre ranges from low to high; there is no distinctive odour or taste. A silica content of 0.76% is reported. Depending on the species, durability varies from moderately durable to very durable when exposed to a white-rot and brown-rot fungus. Actual field exposures show some species as durable and others as susceptible to attack by decay fungi and insects. Reports are also variable on seasoning, material from Panama had a moderate drying rate and no appreciable defects. The wood is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though there is some tearing if grain is irregular; it takes a high polish. It is used for purposes such as furniture, millwork, veneer and plywood, general carpentry, mallet heads, chisel handles and flooring[
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