Purpleheart Hardwood Decking and Siding from Brazilian Wood Depot is real wood with unsurpassed durability and beauty. It’s naturally resistant to rot and decay and virtually maintenance free.*

Purpleheart Decking


Also known as Petogyn spp

Purpleheart hard wood decking lumber is resistant to insect attack and decay. Purpleheart is one of the densest woods on the planet and is VERY durable. Purple Heart hard wood grows in many areas of South America and is easily sustainable. The Purple Heart tree is large, attaining heights of 100 to 150 feet, with diameters of 36 – 60 inches.

Other Names and Species

Roxinho, amaranth, violet wood, amarante, pau roxo, tananeo and morado.


Central and South America

Purpleheart AppearanceAppearance

When freshly milled and before oxidation, the wood is a vibrant purple that turns to a rich reddish brown with exposure to UV light. Purple heart decking has a unique characteristic in that the sap becomes exposed along the grain lines as it acclimates.  This sap is soft to the touch, not tacky and is less than 1/8” wide.  The sap dries and flakes off of the wood within 2 months after installation.  If the wood is allowed to gray, the grain lines remain accented because of this sap.  This effect is beautiful.

Drying and Shrinkage

Kiln drying is necessary to equalize the moisture content before installation. It is naturally seasoned and kiln dried to prevent shrinkage.

Janka Hardness

3630 kgf – the same as Ipe


Purple heart decking lumber planes to a smooth surface. It screws well; pre-boring is necessary.  Carbide saw blades and drill bits recommended.


Purple heart naturally weathers to a beautiful, silver-gray with accented grain lines. To maintain the original dark reddish brown tone, Messmer’s deck oil with UV inhibitor works best.  Application of sealers is optional.

Principal Uses

Purple heart hard wood is seen frequently in flooring, stairs, cabinet work, ship building, heavy carpentry, sculpture, exterior and joinery, musical instruments, tool handles, paneling, container flooring, turned goods and decking.


Like all of the lumber supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot, purple heart 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.