Purpleheart: Exotic Wood

Purpleheart is a common exotic wood that is known for its purple color. Purpleheart is oftentimes mixed with other woods when color contrast is needed. A very popular choice to use with hard maple (for cutting boards, as an example), Purpleheart is dense and heavy. Purpleheart is a great exotic wood for beginners due to the affordable price point. 

Exotic Purpleheart Wood


Origin of Wood TypeSouth America
Botanical NamePeltogyne Pubescens
Specific Gravity.90
Avg. Weight Per BF5.4 lbs
Color RangePurple, but can occasionally have lighter sapwood
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 16 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 16 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%
Wood UsesAll woodworking projects, especially cutting boards and boxes
Lumber GradesFAS
Other Trade Names Purpleheart