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Jatoba title
Origin of Wood Type:
South America
Botanical Name:
Hymenaea courbaril
Specific Gravity:
Avg. Weight Per BF (?):
4.67 lb/ bf
Color Range:
Pinkish Red- Orange- Brown
Rarity / Availability: (?):
Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width:
5" to 12"
Typical Avg. Length:
8' to 14' feet
Avg. Waste Factor (?):

Wood Uses:

Cabinetry, Architecural Millwork, Stair Treads, Flooring, decking and other uses!
lumber Grades (?):

Common 1 & 2, FAS, Remans Grade

Other Trade Names:

Courbaril, West Indian Locust, Jutaby, Amerelo, Copal. Marbre, Guapinal, Algarrobo


With the heart wood color similar to black cherry Jatoba is often marketed as Brazilian cherry. It is a very dense oily lumber that is excellent for outdoor applications. Finishing can be a problem especially outside, Jatoba has so much oil nothing wants to stick to it.
Jatoba is used for interior furniture but there are other species that tool better and are easier to finish. It does make superior flooring.

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