Common Names: Purpleheart, amaranth, roxinho, violeta

Region: Central and South America

Janka Hardness: 2,520 lbf

Description: After exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple, turning a dark brown with a hint of purple after aging. This can be slowed with a UV inhibiting finish. The grain is usually straight, medium texture with a good luster. Resist both decay and most insects, though it could be susceptible to marine borers. Purpleheart can be difficult to plane without tearout depending on the grain orientation.

Common Uses: Inlays/accent pieces, furniture, boatbuilding, specialty wood items.