March 2021 | Jatoba

March 9, 2021
Short video clip showing available Jatoba veneer from M. Bohlke Veneer.

Although sometimes called Brazilian Cherry or South American Cherry, Jatoba is not a true Cherry. The overall similar look and warm red tones promote these names instead.

Jatoba veneer heartwood varies from an attractive salmon red to orange brown. Dark to russet brown streaks are common and Jatoba also has a natural golden luster. It can exhibit quite a large color variation from one log to the next.

The sapwood can be wide and is much lighter in color – either white or pink and sometimes gray, not darkening to the deep red-orange tones common with the heartwood.

Origin of Jatoba and its veneer applications

This tree is found on South American islands, and in Mexico, Brazil and Peru. Jatoba grows to impressive heights of 120-130 feet. Trunk diameters range from a mere 20 inches to 6 feet or more, making this species ideal for veneer production for architectural use.

Architectural and acoustic panels, cabinetry, millwork, as well as doors and furniture are all typical uses for both flat and quarter cut Jatoba veneer. Musical instruments, private aircraft and yacht interiors are additional uses as well.

Known for its hardness and durability, Jatoba is also the most popular hardwood flooring import from Brazil to the U.S.

M. Bohlke Lumber availability

We currently have 4/4 FAS&BTR, 8/4 FAS&BTR and Jatoba live edge slabs available. You can view a selection of our Jatoba tops here – please note we have a very select inventory of live edge tops at this time.

Contact the M. Bohlke team

Contact us today to request physical samples and to learn more about our Jatoba wood offerings.

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