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Brazilian Cherry

Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba) is the most popular hardwood flooring import from Brazil. Known for its hardness and durability, this exotic hardwood is a great choice in both residential and commercial installations.

* photosensitive species

Habitat: Southern Mexico, throughout Central America and the West Indies, to northern Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru.

Janka Hardness Rating: 2350

The Tree: Brazilian cherry is a large canopy tree, sometimes reaching a height of 150 ft. in the natural rainforest, with a cylindrical trunk up to 6 ft. in diameter and a clear bole of 60 to 80 ft. The tree has a smooth gray bark that exudes a gum sometimes used for medicinal purposes. Brazilian cherry is leguminous, or nitrogen-fixing.

The Wood: Jatoba, more commonly known as Brazilian Cherry, can vary from yellowish hues to pink/reds to dark reds with black striping. In addition to its warm reddish tint, this moderately lustrous wood is notable for its hardness and durability - Jatoba is extremely dense wood and very strong. Like domestic cherry, Brazilian Cherry wood floors will change dramatically over time from the yellow/tan/salmon color when freshly milled into a deep rich reddish color. Very pronounced color variation when exposed to intense light.

Uses: Brazilian cherry is prized for its beauty and used in fine furniture and cabinetry, flooring, stair treads, parquet, architectural details, highly decorative veneers, joinery and turnery.

This is a photosensitive species: During the first year after installation, move or rotate area rugs when cleaning to help darken floors evenly throughout your home. Over time, lighter unexposed areas will blend in with darker areas and a consistent color will be achieved within the entire room. The color will stabilize 3-12 months after installation.

Brazilian Cherry Gallery: Wood flooring photos from the homes of satisfied customers!