Purple Heart

Purple HeartSize of tree and type of forest/location: Medium sized hardwoods of the northern part of South America

Description of wood: Heartwood brown when freshly cut but rapidly changing to a purple colour. Sapwood grey. Texture medium and even. Grain variable.
Dry density kg/m3: 880

Workability: Not easy to work. Needs pre-boring for nails. Fair for steam bending

Use: Decorative veneer, turnery, marquetry, flooring, storage of chemicals, billiard cue butts.

Availability: Commercially available