jatoba wood


With heart wood color similar to black cherry, Jatoba is often marketed as “Brazilian Cherry”.  It is a very dense, oily lumber that is excellent for outdoor applications.  Finishing can be a problem- Jatoba exudes so much oil that nothing wants to stick to it!  Jatoba can also be used for interior furniture but there are other species that tool better and are easier to finish.  It does make superior flooring.

Characteristics of Jatoba

Origin of Wood Type South America
Botanical Name Hymenaea courbaril
Specific Gravity 0.91
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.67 lb/ bf
Color Range Pinkish Red – Orange – Brown
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 5″ to 12″
Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 14′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.3
Wood Uses Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Stair Treads, Flooring, Decking and other uses
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, FAS, Remans Grade
Other Trade Names Brazilian Cherry, Courbaril, West Indian Locust, Jutaby, Amerelo, Copal. Marbre, Guapinal, Algarrobo
Jatoba Lumber Pricing
Jatoba Hardwood Flooring