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Brazilian Cherry

Janka Hardness: 2,350 pounds
Strength (MOR): 19,400 psi
Stiffness (MOE): 2,160 1000 psi
Density (KG/m3): 800
Color: Brazilian Cherry heartwood can range from pinkish-red to brown-orange when it is fresh, transitioning to tan to reddish-brown when seasoned. The sapwood is typically gray, white, or pinkish in shade.
Photosensitivity: Brazilian Cherry’s color will darken over time to a deeper shade of red when exposed to light. After approximately 3 months of light exposure, the color will remain constant.
Tangential Shrinkage: 6.2 %
Radial Shrinkage: 4.8 %
Family: Leguminosae
Tree Characteristics: The Brazilian Cherry tree can grow to a height of 130 ft with the diameter of the trunk reaching 5 to 6 feet. The average tree height is 100 feet with a diameter of 2-4 feet.
Geographic Area: Central America, the West Indies, northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Southern Mexico. The tree can typically be found on high riverbanks, ridges, or slopes.
Texture: Medium to coarse
Grain: Mostly interlocked
Luster: Golden luster
Durability Rating: Brazilian Cherry is rated as very durable. It is very resistant to brown-rot and white-rot fungi, and dry rot termites.
Drying Characteristics: Slightly difficult to air dry
Working Characteristics: Brazilian Cherry is rated as moderately difficult to saw and and machine as a result of high density. For planing purposes, it can be machined to a smooth surface. Planing can be complicated by the wood’s interlocked grain. Gluing and finishing Brazilian Cherry is rated as easy.
Applications: Railroad crossties, tree-nails, gear cogs, wheel rims, steam-bent parts, tool handles, decking, plywood, furniture, flooring.
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