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Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
Royal Mahogany
Botanical Name
Pithecellobium, arboreum
Lumber Name
Cola de Marona, Barba Jolote
Region
Grows In
Guatemala, Mexico, Belize
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

Color Range
Royal Mahogany is a relatively uniform medium reddish/brown colored species, especially when used in its quartersawn figure. In the flat cut selection, a wider range of coloration, varying between light brown to medium reddish brown with darker striping may be found
Color Change
Royal Mahogany exhibits a medium degree of color change as it darkens over time to a rich deep mahogany color
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

View Pithecellobium, arboreum Photo Page for photos of the typical color range & change to be expected: Pithecellobium, arboreum Photo Page

Hardness

Royal Mahogany is 111% as hard as red oak ( 1400 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
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For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

Where to Use

Royal Mahogany is used both residentially and commercially wherever the look of true Honduran mahogany is desired but superior hardness is required

Installation

Access the proper Installation Instructions below for the flooring format you've chosen this species in:

Installation Instructions

Special Characteristics / Issues Specific to this Species

Stability
2 (average and similar to red oak). For additional information, see: WFI's Wood Properties Chart on the WFI Downloads page.
Finish Issues
(For site sanding/
finishing only)
None known at this time. See: Finish Recommendations on the WFI Downloads page before commencing any site finishing.
Safety / Allergic
Reaction Issues)
None known at this time. See Material Safety for safety issues with wood dust.
Other Characteristics /
Issues Specifid to
this Species
None known at this time. See Feedback / Silky Ash on the Site Map to see what others have experienced with this species.

Notes

Additional Technical Information on this species can be accessed from the links below:
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - Pithecellobium, arboreum Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Pithecellobium, arboreum

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
Royal Mahogany
Pithecellobium, arboreum
Cola de Marona, Barba Jolote
Guatemala, Mexico, Belize
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
Royal Mahogany is a relatively uniform medium reddish/brown colored species, especially when used in its quartersawn figure. In the flat cut selection, a wider range of coloration, varying between light brown to medium reddish brown with darker striping may be found
Royal Mahogany exhibits a medium degree of color change as it darkens over time to a rich deep mahogany color
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
Royal Mahogany
2 (average and similar to red oak)
#1 / 0.0%
-3.4%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00261
0.00202
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
Royal Mahogany is used both residentially and commercially wherever the look of true Honduran mahogany is desired but superior hardness is required
Janka
Indent Tests
1400
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00261
0.00202

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