Red Heart

Red Heart (Erythroxylum spp. and Simira spp.)


Common names: Redheart, Chakte Kok


Distribution : Southern Mexico to southern Brazil and Paraguay


Color/appearance : Redheart can be a very bright, watermelon red—though color can vary in intensity and hue from board to board: anywhere from a light orange/pink, (similar to Pink Ivory), to a darker brownish red. Redheart’s vibrant color quickly fades to a reddish brown in direct sunlight, though this color change can be slowed (but usually not stopped entirely) by using a finish with UV inhibitors.


Janka hardness: 1210 lbf


Density: 3.34 lbf


Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Redheart.


Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: No


Common Uses: Turned objects, inlays, veneer, fine furniture, and small specialty wood items.