Technical species specifications for Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.

Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring

  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Hymenaea courbaril, Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry, Copal, Azucar, Jatai, Jutai, Locust
  • Description: Brazilian Cherry flooring, also known as Jatoba, is the most popular exotic hardwood flooring imported into the US. The popularity of the Brazilian Cherry floor is due to its combination of superior performance and beautiy. Brazilian Cherry's reddish-brown heartwood is streaked with dark black striping, giving it amazing contrast and depth. At the same time, Brazilian Cherry wood is very decoratively versatile, suiting a variety of darker and lighter color schemes due to its distinctive coloring. Brazilian Cherry is also very hard and durable with a Janka hardness rating of 2350, almost twice as hard as Red Oak. Brazilian Cherry looks fantastic when contrasted with dark colored or black furniture, countertops and cabinets. The combination of exotic beauty and strength make Brazilian Cherry hardwood a great choice for any home or business.
  • Janka Hardness: 2,350 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 19,400 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 2,160 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 800
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 6.2 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.8 %
  • About: Our Brazilian Cherry flooring is available in unfinished, engineered and prefinished formats. Brazilian Cherry floors are available in Clear grade, which is generally color matched, Select grade which is very similar to Clear but has more color variation and is still 100% heart wood, No. 1 Common grade or Mountain grade which can have some sap.
  • Family: Leguminosae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Brazilian Cherry tree can grow to a height of 130 ft with the diameter of the trunk reaching 5 to 6 feet. The average tree height is 100 feet with a diameter of 2-4 feet.
  • Geographic Area: Brazilian Cherry trees can be found in Central America, the West Indies, northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Southern Mexico. The tree can typically be found on high riverbanks, ridges, or slopes.
  • Color: Brazilian Cherry heartwood can range from pinkish-red to brown-orange when it is fresh, transitioning to tan to reddish-brown when seasoned. Brazilian Cherry sapwood is typically gray, white, or pinkish in shade.
  • Photosensitivity: Brazilian Cherry's color will darken over time to a deeper shade of red when exposed to light. After approximately 3 months of light exposure, Brazilian Cherry's color will remain constant.
  • Luster: Brazilian Cherry has a golden luster.
  • Grain: The grain in Brazilian Cherry hardwood is mostly interlocked
  • Texture: The texture of Brazilian Cherry hardwood is medium to coarse. Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring can be finished to yield a smooth, handscraped, or distressed surface to suit a wide range of styles.
  • Drying Characteristics: Raw Brazilian Cherry hardwood is slightly difficult to air dry. It is best to acclimate solid Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring for 2 weeks and engineered Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring for 1 week prior to installation.
  • Working Characteristics: Brazilian Cherry is rated as moderately difficult to saw and and machine as a result of high density. For planing purposes, it can be machined to a smooth surface. Planing can be complicated by the wood's interlocked grain. Gluing and finishing Brazilian Cherry is rated as easy. It is important to keep the home's relative humidity between 35% to 50% before, during, and after installation.
  • Durability Rating: Brazilian Cherry hardwood is rated as very durable. It is very resistant to brown-rot and white-rot fungi, and dry rot termites.
  • Applications: Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring, prefinished, unfinished and engineered, decking, outdoor furniture, interior paneling and trim, furniture, railroad crossties, tree-nails, gear cogs, wheel rims, steam-bent parts, tool handles. Please note unfinished Brazilian Cherry flooring is sold in open, strapped bundles and not sold in boxes. Prefinished solid Brazilian Cherry flooring and prefinished engineered Brazilian Cherry flooring are sold in boxes. Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring must be purchased in full bundles and boxes; box and bundle sizes may vary.

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