Purple Heart is native to Central and South America and is sometimes referred to as Amaranth or Violet Wood. The species is tremendously popular for furniture and other designs calling for a unique splash of color. When freshly cut, the heartwood of Purple Heart appears purple brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deep eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes dark brown with hints of purple. This shift in color can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood.
In addition to its unique color, Purple Heart also has excellent strength properties, and is used in applications where strength is important—a wood for both form and function. This Purple Heart live edge slab measures 22.41′ long x 33.86″ wide x 2.05″ deep and is currently the widest available. You can also view our Purple Heart veneer here.