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Color/Appearance: When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a  dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure 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. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood. For more information, see the article Preventing Color Changes in Exotic Woods.

Grain/Texture: The grain is usually straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. Has a medium texture with good natural luster.


  • Common Name(s): Purpleheart, Amaranth

    Scientific Name: Peltogyne spp.

    Distribution: Central and South America (from Mexico down to southern Brazil)

    Tree Size: 100-170 ft (30-50 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

    Average Dried Weight: 56 lbs/ft3 (905 kg/m3)

    Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .76, .90

    Janka Hardness: 2,520 lbf (11,190 N)

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