Jatoba Wood Countertops and Table Tops


General Description:

Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) is a beautiful species with naturally rich color and superior hardness making it well suited for both residential and commercial applications. When first milled, Jatoba is a tan/salmon color w/black striping which turns a rich deep red color over time. This species is the most popular imported species given its inherent beauty, rich coloring and superior hardness.

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Brazilian Cherry varies from yellowish hues to pink/reds to dark reds with black striping. Quartered selection yields the most uniform look/color range.

Color Change:

Like domestic cherry, Brazilian Cherry will change dramatically over time from the yellow/tan/salmon color when freshly milled into a deep rich reddish color. In direct sunlight, the color change will occur within a few days. Out of sunlight, it will oxidize slowly over six months. Water based finishes tend to retard the color change while oil based finishes enhance it.


Texture is medium to rather coarse; grain mostly interlocked; golden luster.


Heartwood is salmon red to orange brown when fresh, becoming russet to reddish brown when seasoned; often marked with dark streaks. Jatoba is durable and provides great wear-resistance.


Finishes well.