Purple Heart flat cut wood veneer heartwood is deep purple-violet, maturing to dark brown. Straight grained to wavy; fine texture.
Common Uses for Flat Cut Purple Heart Wood Veneer: Panels, cabinetry, furniture and millwork, as well as specialty applications.
Other Name(s): Amaranth, in addition to Violetwood.
The Tree: Regularly reaches a height of 100-120 feet.
A Little History: Purple Heart veneer 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.
Region: South America