Purpleheart Wood

This gorgous exotic hardwood lumber hails from Central and South America (from Mexico down to southern Brazil). When freshly cut the heartwood of purpleheart can be a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, usually within a few days, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple.

The grain is usually straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. Has a medium texture with good natural luster. It is extremely strong and weather resistant.

The common name(s) for this wood are Purpleheart, amaranth, roxinho, and violeta. The scientific name is Peltogyne spp. It rates 2,520 lbf (11,190 N) on the Janka Hardness Scale.

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