Sucupira wood - the Brazilian walnut

Although the look of Sucupira wood is a bit like that of local walnut wood, the other features are very different. What special qualities South American wood has and where it is predominantly used in our country can be found in this article.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityabout 850 - 950 kg / m³
Compressive strengthapprox. 88 N / mm²
flexural strengthapprox. 140 N / mm²

Other names

Sucupira is also often called "brilliant nut". The term "Brazilian walnut" has also become common, although sucupira has a more distant similarity to native walnut wood.



Clearly visible are the large, scattered pores in the wood. They are generally grouped disorderly. The annual rings are barely visible and hardly affect the wood appearance. On the other hand, the usually yellowish-colored wood veins that run through the heartwood are clearly visible. The grain of the grain is very irregular, the filament also, but the wood looks decorative and very high quality.


The sapwood is very bright almost white, the heartwood has a dark brown to reddish brown hue and is clearly visible. Sucupira hardly darkens.


Sucupira is very heavy and very hard. There are different statements about the machinability of Sucupira. Depending on the type of growth of the wood, it can sometimes be difficult to work. It is easy to polish and then forms very smooth, shiny surfaces. Sucupira is also suitable for veneer production.

Shrinkage and drying

The dwindling behavior of sucupira is moderate. Drying must be slow and gentle, otherwise cracking may occur.


Sucupira is durable and resistant and resistant to fungal and insect attack.


The main use is, despite the good resistance in the outdoor area, for interior fittings. Sucupira decking is possible, but not very common, as the wood tends to fray when weathered. Flooring and floorboards made of sucupira wood, which is very durable and hard because of its high hardness and abrasion resistance, are also popular in recent years. Sucupira is used both as solid wood and as veneer wood in furniture making. It is also widely used in the countries of origin for bridge construction and railway construction


Sucupira wood is distributed exclusively in the north of South America, and comes mainly from Brazil.

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 sucupira, can be found here.

Tips & Tricks

Sucupira parquet is one of the hardest parquet types ever. This ensures a highly resistant and abrasion-resistant parquet.

Video Board: Lumber Liquidators Face Checking/Cracked Wood of Brazilian Sucupira/Chestnut