Quaruba hardwood lumber products

Quaruba hardwood lumber products

Quaruba –(Vochysia spp (maxima)(melinoni))

This tree grows tall and wide, regularly reaching heights between 25-45m and sometimes as tall as 60m. 180cm wide boles are uncommon but possible with the average being 90-100cm. Periodically this tree exhibits large gum deposits inside of the heartwood which show as a bright red spot inside of the pinkish-orange sapwood. It’s relatively soft (as compared to many other South American hardwoods) and easy to work with both machine and hand tools. Quaruba is straight grained and has a very different color to it. It is a pinkish orange to brown in color, with a lot of consistency in color of one log. The useable lumber yield is high and it dries well if done correctly. It is a slower kiln dried wood to lower the risk of checking and cracking. When done correctly it will be a stable wood that will last years in doors or under cover. It does accept a finish well and glues properly. Even though it is rated as moderately durable we do not recommend using it as an exterior wood. Mostly because of it’s tendency to check if left out to the elements. It does however perform very well inside for cladding, table tops, flooring or any other element where a wood is that isn’t well known and provides a very unique look and color. If you want it S4S (smooth 4 sides) E4E (eased 4 edges) or rough sawn we can provide that. As well as slabs all of it is KD and available in our normal profiles or in a custom profile if you supply us with the specs.

Common Name :

Brazilian Mahogany, Quaruba Rosa, Quaruba Cedro

Botanical Name :

Vochysia spp (maxima) (melinoni)

Indigenous to :

Northern South America from Brazil, east to Equador

Modulus of Rupture :

11,300 lbf/in2

Shrinkage :

Tangential: 9.8% Radial: 3.7% Volumetric: .52% T/R Ratio: 2.6

How is it dried :

Kiln Dried (KD)

Is it dried quickly :

No, if dried too fast than risk of checking, cracking, and cellular collapse.

Stability :

Quaruba remains stable after the drying process but should not be left in the elements without some cover

Exterior Wood Recommendation :

class 2 – inside or under cover (dampness possible) Should not be left outside due to the fact of it being slightly softer than our regular outdoor woods it will absorb and expel moisture at quicker rates. This means that it has a chance to warp and/or check.

Fastening Method :

Should be predrilled for screws

Ecosystem impact :

This tree is not threatened by any over-logging and is not listed on any CITES Appendices to be regulated for over logging.

Toxicity and allergic reactions :

Rare to none

Odor :

No distinct smell

Product we manufacture using this species:

Coming Soon

Other common uses:

Veneer for interior of plywoodVeneer for back or face of plywood

Interior joinery

Boxes and crates


Interior panelling

Blockboard Fiber or particle boards

Furniture or furniture components


Turned goods Glued laminated

Susceptibility to

Dry Wood borers:

Susceptible – sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood)


Class 4 – poorly durable


Class S – susceptible


Class 3 – poorly permeable

Janka Hardness:

  • Data Coming Soon