Purpleheart, also called Amaranth (scientific name: Peltogynespp.), has a heartwood of gray-purple brown color. Its texture is even, luster is moderate and grain is straight, sometimes wavy or irregular.

Purpleheart is commonly found in Central and South America. It is rated as being very durable and is resistant to decay to insect attack (except marine borers).

Janka Hardness :

11,190 N(2,520 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

905 kg/m3(56 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Dull cutting tools can heat wood and make it exude a gummy resin. This can clog tools and make machining difficult. Avoid using sharp cutting tools. Grain orientation also makes it prone to tear-out during planning. It has a moderate dulling effect on cutting tools.


Pricing / Availability

It is a relatively inexpensive wood type considering that it is imported. It is readily available as lumber in a vast variety of shapes and sizes based on varying widths and thicknesses.



It is not mentioned on the IUCN’s Red List and in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

As it is an exotic wood, it is often used in making accent pieces as well as specialty wooden objects but its application extends to heavy-duty objects such as furniture, in heavy construction, in manufacturing boats, and for flooring purposes.

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