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Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown). See the article Preventing Color Changes in Exotic Woods for more information.

Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. With a coarse, open texture and good natural luster


  • Common Name(s): African Padauk, Vermillion

    Scientific Name: Pterocarpus soyauxii

    Distribution: Central and tropical west Africa

    Tree Size:100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter

    Average Dried Weight: 47 lbs/ft3 (745 kg/m3)

    Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .61, .75

    Janka Hardness: 1,970 lbf (8,760 N)

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