Jatoba is a very large species of canopy tree, which can grow up to 130 feet in height. The Brazilian Cherry crown can spread very wide. The Jatoba species is native to the tropical areas of South America. Its extreme hardness and strength is what makes the Jatoba Hardwood species so useful within the wood industry, especially within the Hardwood Flooring market.
Botanical Name: Hymenaea courbaril
Country of Origin: Central and South America, Various Tropical Areas of America.
Species and Names: Surinam Cherry, Cayenne Cherry, Eugenia uniflora and Paper Birch (betula papyrifera), Red Locus Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry)
Look and Color: The sapwood color of the Jatoba species looks somewhat grayish-white. The Jatoba heartwood color pattern varies from salmon red to a light orange-brown color when fresh, to a reddish dark brown color once dry. The Brazilian Cherry Hardwood often comes with dark streaks within the color pattern.
Grain Texture: The Brazilian Cherry Wood has a distinct interlocked grain pattern. The texture is often medium to high coarse on the surface.
Hardness and Strength: The Brazilian Cherry Hardwood is one of the hardest wood species on earth. On the Janka Hardness Test the Jatoba species received a score of 2820 points, which is 119% harder than the bench mark Red Oak species. When it comes to durability the Brazilian cherry species received an average score of 8.5 on the Moisture Durability Test, which is only about 1% more stable than the Red Oak species.
Uses in the Wood Industry: The Jatoba Hardwood is one of the strongest and most durable wood species in the world. Its strength and beauty make it popular in every area of the Wood Industry. You can find Brazilian cherry Flooring, Furniture, Cabinets and much, much more. The Jatoba wood species has also been used on ships, railroads and tools, in areas where extreme strength and durability is essential.