purpleheart wood


  • Purpleheart is aptly named for the deep purple color of its heartwood
  • Tree grows in abundance in South America
  • Very durable outdoors
  • Purple color oxidizes to brown
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Characteristics of Purpleheart

Origin of Wood Type South America
Botanical Name Peltogyne pubescens
Specific Gravity 0.86
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.5 lb/ bf
Color Range Purple – Dark Brown
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 4″ to 12″
Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 12′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.3
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Architectural Millwork, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Wood Carving, Inlaying, Outdoor Construction, Flooring, Gymnasium Equipment and many other uses
Lumber Grades FAS
Other Trade Names Amaranth, Violetwood, Koroboreli, Saka, Sakavalli, Pau Roxo, Nazareno, Tananeo
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Sample Pictures of Purpleheart

Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.

All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color.  We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.