||Purpleheart heartwood is a deep purple-violet when freshly cut, maturing to a dark brown. The original color is restored when re-cut. Grain is straight, but often irregular, wavy and sometimes interlocked. Texture is moderate to fine.
Weight varies from about 50lbs to 63lbs per cu. ft.
| OTHER NAMES
||Amaranth, Violetwood, Koroboreli, Saka, Pau Roxo, Morado, Tananeo
||High strength in bending, stiffness and crushing. Medium resistance to shock loads. Moderate steam bending characteristics.
||Difficult to work. Moderate to severe blunting effect on cutters. Exudes gummy resin when heated by dull cutters. Recommend running material slowly through machines equipped with HSS knives. Pre-drilling needed for nailing. Takes glue well. Stains and wax polishes easily.
||Very durable. Sapwood susceptible to attack by powder post beetle. Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.
||Dries rapidly with little degradation. Air drying is slow with some end and surface checking or case hardening. Small movement.
||Heavy outdoor constructional work, bridge building, fresh water piling, dock work, cladding, vats, flooring, tool handles, turning, furniture, decorative veneers, inlay and marquetry.
||Spirit based finishes remove the purple color. Lacquer based finishes preserve the color.