What You May Not Know About Purpleheart Wood

Experienced and novice woodworkers may be drawn to different types of wood for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s for the density or workability offered by a species of wood, while other times it’s about the physical appearance, such as the color or grain. If you seek the latter, then you should visit your local lumber store and ask to see their supply of purpleheart wood. This wood carries an air of exotic beauty that makes it unique in its class.

In its natural form, purpleheart wood has a naturally beautiful color, but displays a variety of purple shades once cut. Even more fascinating is the fact that the tree that this lumber is harvested from is not purple at all on the outside. It looks like an ordinary tree.

Are you interested in learning more about this standout wood? The following are some things you may not know about purpleheart hardwood lumber in Houston.

Purpleheart has many names

Purpleheart hails from the genus Peltogyne. With more than 20 documented species in this genus category, it’s not surprising that the purpleheart tree grows in multiple areas, such as Costa Rica, Trinidad and places around southeastern Brazil, with most species growing in the Amazon basin. Furthermore, purpleheart goes by other names in different languages, including amaranth, saka, pau roxo, violetwood, morado and tananeo.

The tree is sustainable and just about unbreakable

Because purpleheart wood is not as commonly known as pine, cedar and oak—plus the assumption that its lovely color makes it rare—you’d think it would be a tree on the endangered list. But that is not the case. While this purpleheart is durable, strong and insect- and water-resistant and able to withstand sudden changes in humidity and temperature, it is also a very sustainable wood. In addition, it’s pretty much unbreakable. Purpleheart wood is one of the sturdiest, hardiest types of wood in the world. It’s also very dense, and can block rot, decay and termites.

The cut wood is not always purple

Earlier we shared that the exterior of purpleheart trees are not purple. Interestingly enough, the wood doesn’t show purple until after it’s cut. To start, the wood is either light gray or faded brown in color, then darkens into a purple hue after it ages and is exposed to the sun. Once purpleheart wood reaches its peak purple color, if it continues to be exposed to UV light it will begin to take on an almost black appearance, turn a chocolate-purple or look more like deep maroon.

Might have spiritual qualities

Some religions believe that purpleheart wood has spiritual qualities. For example, modern day pagans believe this type of wood can enhance knowledge and creative energy and contribute to healing. Some people use the wood in their home to remove negative energy, tension, anger and worry.

If you would like more information about purpleheart wood or to place an order for hardwood lumber in Houston, call or visit Houston Hardwoods Inc. Let us help you find the lumber you need for your next woodworking project!