Real Garapa Hardwood Decking from Brazilian Wood Depot is stocked in Atlanta. Our Garapa is real wood with unsurpassed durability and beauty. It’s naturally resistant to rot and decay and virtually maintenance free.*

Garapa Decking


Species: var. Guarapa

Garapa wood (Brazilian Oak) decking lumber has a lemon-yellow color that becomes light brown (honey) with age. Garapa hardwood has a slight ribbon-like natural design, appears watery or wavelike, similar to silk. Rot Resistance is rated as durable, though vulnerable to termites and other insect attacks.

Garapa decking is naturally resistant to wood decay and insect damage, having no characteristic odor. It also has a class A fire rating – the same as concrete. Garapa wood is naturally scratch resistant and has an estimated useful life of 25 years. Deck oil preservation treatments will actually add even more years to the life of this very durable wood decking. Building a Garapa deck is comparable to Ipe in durability, grain and workability at a lower price. Finishing this fine hardwood decking with brown, tinted oil provides a soft brown finish similar to Ipe without the color variation from board to board that is characteristic of ipe hardwood decking. See comparison photo on this page. Go Natural with Real Garapa hardwood decking.

Other names

Brazilian Oak, Grapia, Brazilian Ash, Amarealao, Garrote, Marotoa, Muiratua, Muirajuba

Garapa Other namesJanka hardness

2280 lb – slightly harder than Hard Maple and almost twice as hard as red oak.

Cutting and Drilling

Carbide tipped blades and bits are recommended for very durable Garapa wood decking.


Garapa deck wood (Real Garapa) is kiln dried and has minimal shrinkage after installation. The recommended span for a Garapa deck is 16” for net ¾” x 5 ½” decking. Use 12” spans when supporting hot tubs, overhead structures and longer joist spans.

End wax is very useful at preventing end splits after you cut and install Garapa wood boards. Applying a water-based liquid wax emulsion after cutting the end of every board prevents end splits and ensures the best results.

Garapa UsesUses

  • Light and Heavy carpentry
  • Hydraulic works (seawater)
  • Ship building – ribs
  • Turned goods
  • Furniture
  • Flooring – industrial or residential
  • Decking
  • Container and trailer flooring
  • Cabinetwork
  • Tool handles
  • Boxes and crates.

The main species of Garapa wood, Apuleia leiocarpa, is found mainly in the South of Brazil, in the Atlantic coast forests, easily colonizing cleared areas.

Garapa SustainableSustainable

Like all of the lumber supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot, RealGarapa meets high standards for social, economic and environmental responsibility. See RealWood.Org for more information about how purchasing this hardwood lumber fuels the economic value and preservation of the South American forests.