Jatoba, also called Brazilian Cherry (scientific name: Hymenaeacourbaril), has a heartwood of light orange-brown to red-brown color. Sapwood is light gray-yellow and is distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is medium to coarse, luster is good and grain is generally interlocked.

Jatoba is commonly found in Central America, South America and the West Indies. It is rated very durable, and is resistant to decay and insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

11,950 N(2,690 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

910 kg/m3(57 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Density and interlocked grain make it harder to work with. Lumber with less interlocked grain can be surface planed to a smooth finish. Interlocked grain makes it prone to tear-out while planing. Expect a moderate blunting effect on cutting tools. Responds well to steam bending. It is good with glues and stains and finishes well.


Pricing / Availability

Jatoba is considered inexpensive imported lumber, and in addition to that, it is also available in a wide variety of sizes, widths, and thicknesses making it a popular choice.



IUCN considers it to be a species of least concern and there is no mention of it on the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It’s used in a wide variety of items ranging from its extensive usage in the building of boats and ships, furniture, cabinetry, railroad ties, and also in turned and small specialty wooden objects.

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