Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril)


Common Names: Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry


Distribution: Central America, Southern Mexico, Northern South America and the West Indies


Color/Appearance: Heartwood varies from a light orangish brown to a darker reddish brown, sometimes with contrasting darker grayish brown streaks. Color tends to darken upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a light grayish yellow, clearly demarcated from the heartwood.


Janka Hardness: 2,690 lbf


Density: 4.75lb/b.f.


Allergies/Toxicity: Jatoba has been reported to cause skin irritation.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Flooring, furniture, cabinetry, tool handles, shipbuilding, railroad ties, turned objects and other small specialty items.