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Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring
Brazilian Cherry is the most popular exotic hardwood flooring on today’s
flooring market. While Brazilian Cherry has the same warm, reddish tones of
American cherry, it is not really a cherry tree. Also known as Jatoba or
Guapinol (Hymenaea courbaril), it is
much harder and more durable than American cherry. In fact, it is 228% harder
than domestic Red Oak on the Janka Hardness scale.
On the Janka Hardness scale, Brazilian Cherry ranks 2820 vs. 1260 for Red
Oak. The Janka Hardness test is a
measurement that tests the hardness of wood to see if it is suitable for
flooring. In America, this method measures the pounds-force required to embed an
11.28 mm. steel ball into a piece of wood at half the ball’s diameter. The Janka
Hardness test determines the ability of wood to handle denting and wear. It is
also an indicator of how resistant it is to working with the wood, such as
sawing and nailing. The Janka Hardness for Brazilian Cherry is in accordance
with ASTM D 1037-7 testing methods. Testing is not done on actual flooring. It
is done on samples.
Triangulo Engineered Brazilian
Brazilian Cherry 5"
Meadowbrook Brazilian Cherry
This exotic hardwood works well in both residential and commercial installations
because of its strength and durability. Its tan/salmon color has black accent
stripes, which darkens over time to a deep burgundy tone, with some intense
shadowing. It can also be used in
interiors as beams, rafters/joists, wooden planks, door frames, parquet and
flooring boards. It can be crafted into cabinets and general woodworking
joinery. Outside, it can be used for sleepers, double tee junctions, frames, and
decorating wooden sheets, and for crafting fine indoor/outdoor
LM Flooring Brazilian Cherry
Palermo Brazilian Cherry
Brazilian Cherry, or Jatoba, trees are common to the Caribbean and Central and
South America. Depending on its locale, it is also known as Brazilian Copal,
South American Locust, the West Indian Locust Tree, or Stinking Toe. It is
called Old Man’s Toe or Stinktoe because of the unpleasant odor of the edible
pulp inside its seed pods. The tree grows to an average height of 120 feet with
a 2-4 foot diameter.
Anderson Exotic Impressions
Exotic Impressions Jatoba Sunrise Handscraped
Brazilian Cherry is very heavy and has high mechanical properties. It is hard to
cut. The heartwood is variable regarding its color, ranging from light brown to
pink. Its thick sapwood is slightly yellowed, and has a uniform medium texture.
The distinctive grain varies between regular and irregular. It is rougher than
heartwood and differs because of its poor shine surface. Its characteristics are
similar to teak. It is not as porous as mahogany, but it is harder and
Jatoba is easy to work with in that it sands and finishes
easily. Polish creates a wonderful luster. The wood stains well.
Like most exotic hardwoods, Brazilian Cherry reacts to exposure to sunlight and
oxidation. This is called photosensitivity, which causes Brazilian Cherry to
deepen in tone as it ages like the way wine mellows as it
With the finest milling and finishing technology, Brazilian Cherry makes a
superb exotic hardwood flooring choice. Its colorful mosaic quality, exquisite
beauty, strength and durability makes it the most popular exotic hardwood choice
on the market today. Whether decorating in a traditional or contemporary
setting, Brazilian Cherry is an excellent choice for a flooring
Brazilian Cherry can typically be found in both pre-finished engineered wood flooring planks and unfinished planks.
Installation varies according to the manufacturer.