Flooring Trade Name: Brazilian Cherry
Botanical Name: Hymenaea, courbaril
Lumber Name: jatoba in Brazil, paquio in Bolivia, guapinol in C. America
Grows In: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Suriname,Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, & the Caribbean
Brazilian Cherry, when first milled is a tan/salmon color w/black striping which turns a rich deep red color over time. This species is the most popular imported species given its inherent beauty, rich coloring and superior hardness.
Color Range: Brazilian Cherry varies from yellowish hues to pink/reds to dark reds with black striping. Quartered selection yields the most uniform look/color range.
Color Change: Like domestic cherry, Brazilian Cherry will change dramatically over time from the yellow/tan/salmon color when freshly milled into a deep rich reddish color. In direct sunlight, the color change will occur within a few days. Out of sunlight, it will oxidize slowly over six months. Water based finishes tend to retard the color change while oil based finishes enhance it.
Brazilian Cherry is 228% as hard as red oak ( 2820 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak )