Purple Heart // Peltogyne spp

Grain usually straight often with a fine curly figure. Fine texture. Moderately hard to work but takes a glossy, lustrous finish. Lacquer finish will best preserve the color. Also called Amaranth or purpleheart.

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Purple Heart grows in Latin America
map of where Purple Heart grows
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color of Purple Heart
Color Range
Dull gray brown when freshly cut but soon oxidizing to a violet purple.
other names for Purple Heart
Other Names
Purpleheart, Amarante, Amaranth, Guarab, Koroboreli, Morado, Nazareno, Palo morado, Pau roxo, Pelo morado, Purperhard, Saka, Sakavalli, Tananeo, Violetwood
uses for Purple Heart
Some Typical Uses
Industrial construction, flooring, tool handles, accessories, furniture, cutting boards, musical instruments, picture frames, jewelry, jewelry boxes
the Purple Heart tree
What's the Tree Like?
A tall tree 120 feet or more, producing a long, straight trunk about 36 inches in diameter.
Weight

5.02

lbs /Bd. Ft.
40.22% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2390

Janka Rating
85.27% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.79

Specific Gravity
23.44% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak


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