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This South20 unique Purpleheart hardwood-flooring product originates from the rain forest areas of Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname. It is common for the Purpleheart tree to reach 25 to 30 ft in height with trunk diameters of 2.5 to 4 ft. The wood product is produced by local natives specifically for South20 from the Purpleheart tree that is native to these areas. South20 receives the material to the US in the form of raw cut lumber where it is placed in storage for air drying and kiln drying process. South20 will mill the lumber to specified dimensions to produce hardwood flooring and decking products.


Purpleheart wood is recommended for wide use in floor coverings of residential homes with heavy human traffic. Those who prefer hardwood floors in lieu of the conventional ceramic or carpet covering should utilize this hardwood product. The South20 Purpleheart hardwood product offers one of the most unique and durable woods on the market that will resist any sign of use and provide long lasting beauty. With the use of this product the covering becomes a permanent protection for the home or historic dwelling. The Purpleheart product is a very unique item that will not be found on the common markets in the United States. For those who wish to have something different this purple color can provide warm and beautifully colored wood for a novelty area or as a decorative enhancement to blend with another wood . It will be the center of conversation for many years.

General Characteristics:

The Purpleheart wood product's Heartwood is beige when freshly cut, turns rapidly to violet upon exposure to light and darkens eventually to a darker color with age. Its sapwood is distinct, pale pink to grey white. The luster is high with rather fine texture and its grain is generally straight, at times interlocked or slightly wavy.


Basic specific gravity (oven dry weight/green volume) 0.75; air-dry density 84 pcf.

Janka side hardness is 3,450 lb at 12% moisture content.

The Janka Hardness scale is a comparison chart to other woods.

Moisture Content Bending Strength Modulus of Elasticity Maximum Crushing Strength
  PSI 1,000 PSI PSI
Green 13.690 2,000 7,020
Dry 19,220 2,270 10,320

Drying and Shrinkage:

This Purpleheart wood is reported to be moderately easy to season with care with slight risk of checking. US kiln schedule T6-D2 for 4/4 to 6/4 stock. Air-drying is recommended under cover and end coating and kiln-drying must be handled slowly.

Working Properties:

The Purpleheart wood is reported to be not difficult to work and it finishes smoothly. It is moderately easy to glue with care and finish satisfactorily. Clear oil works best to bring out color and longevity.


This Purpleheart product is durable as rated by field exposure trials. Heartwood is also rated resistant to very resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites. The product is resistant to water.
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