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The wood flooring you are looking at on this website, if solid construction, is made 100% from this species of wood If it was made in an engineered format, then the upper wear layer only is likely made from this species of wood. The information on this species page is offered as a service to better educate prospective buyers about the wood they are buying and represents decades of our experience and knowledge of these woods when used in flooring. On this page you will find only GENERAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION about this wood species. Please note that ONLY on the flooring page will you find the detailed information as to which specific grade, graining and surface treatment, and finish and stain colors have been used/selected for the actual wood flooring you are looking at.

Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
Brazilian Cherry
Botanical Name
Hymenaea, courbaril
Lumber Name
Jatoba in Brazil, Paquio in Bolivia, Guapinol
Region
Grows In
Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Suriname, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

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
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

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

Hardness

Brazilian Cherry is 224% as hard as red oak ( 2820 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
graph
For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

Where to Use

Given Brazilian Cherry’s extreme hardness, it may be used in residential and commercial installations

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 & 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 - Hymenaea, courbaril Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Hymenaea, courbaril

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
Brazilian Cherry
Hymenaea, courbaril
Jatoba in Brazil, Paquio in Bolivia, Guapinol
Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Suriname, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
Brazilian Cherry varies from yellowish hues to pink/reds to dark reds with black striping. Quartered selection yields the most uniform look/color range
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
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
Brazilian Cherry
2 (average & similar to red oak)
#3 / -0.2%
-0.2%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00289
0.00218
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
Given Brazilian Cherry’s extreme hardness, it may be used in residential and commercial installations
Janka
Indent Tests
2820
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00289
0.00218

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