Amaranth wood - unmistakable

Amaranth, or Amaranth, as it is spelled correctly, is a tropical wood that is certainly unmistakable: such a bright purple color has no other wood. What properties Amaranth still has, you can read in detail in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
density0.8 - 0.95 g / cm³
oven-dry weight0.76 - 0.86 g / cc
Compressive strengthapprox. 90 N / mm²
flexural strengthapprox. 180 N / mm²

Other names and DIN designation

The reference to the bright violet color is also reflected in other terms:

  • Purple Heart
  • violet wood
  • Bishop wood
  • Koroboreli
  • Sakavalli
  • Pau roxo
  • Nazareno
  • Tananeo

The common name Amaranth derives from the Portuguese "Amarante".



Amaranth has a relatively uniform and fine wood texture. Well recognizable are the large, scattered pores, the resin channels form a harness. The annual rings are barely visible.


The sapwood is whitish to creamy. The heartwood does not always have its violet color. When it comes to fresh wood, it is light-brownish, only when it is lighted does it darken to its impressive violet color.


Amaranth is characterized by its high hardness and density. Both, however, make the wood relatively brittle. It is usually difficult to work - on the one hand because of the high hardness, on the other hand because of the high resin content.

Shrinkage and drying


Amaranth is relatively well weather-resistant and resistant to fungal and insect infestation. Amaranth is classified in resistance class 2, which corresponds to the native oak wood. Robinia is even more durable, and a little better resistant.


Amaranth is used in a variety of upscale interiors, including parquet, veneers and cladding and furniture. It is also very popular for the arts and crafts (carving, sculpture, turnery) and is used in the countries of origin as timber, especially in the harbor construction area.


Amaranth comes from South America, where it is native. The distribution areas include northern South America and Mexico as well as the tropical regions.


As sawn timber, you will receive amaranth in the wood specialist trade for between € 2,300 per m³ and € 2,800 per m³. That's about twice the price of oak.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Amaranth, can be found here

Tips & Tricks

When editing, always make sure that the wood dust from Amaranth severely irritates the mucous membranes, and therefore always use a sufficiently powerful extraction system. Attention: All polishes that contain alcohol discolour the wood!

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