Latin Name: Hymenaea courbaril
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae - the Legume family
Other Common Name(s): Alga, Algarrobo, Azucar Huayo, Brazilian Cherry, Copal, Copinol, Courbaril, Gaupinol, Jatahy, Jutai, Kawanari, Locust, Pie De Venado, Rode Locus, South American Locust, Sirari, West Indian Locust
Suitable for Exterior/Interior Use
Interior Use Only
Cabinets, Flooring, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Shipbuilding, Turnings
Jatoba grows in Central and South America, as well as the islands on Cuba, Haiti, and Dominican Republic. The tree is reported to grow in a mixture of areas from wet to dry.
General Description: The sapwood, which can be rather wide, is white to gray in color, and may have a pink tint to it. The Heartwood when fresh cut is bright reddish-brown to an orange color and is marked with dark streaks. The heartwood generally darkens upon exposure and kiln drying. The grain is moderately interlocked and the texture ranges from medium to coarse.
Price Range ($ least expensive, $$$$$ most expensive):
Weight (lbs/BF): 4.667
Specific Gravity: 0.71-0.91
Modulus of Rupture (psi): 12,950-21,000
Modulus of Elasticity (1,000 psi): 1,840-2,420
Side Hardness (lbs): 2655
The wood can have a moderate blunting effect on tooling. Pre-boring for nailing and screwing is a must. The wood sands well, and is good for both bending and turning.