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8 Facts About Purpleheart Wood

Treehut Wood Analog Watches | Purpleheart Wood, Brown Leather Band | Great anniversary, birthday gift for him
Unless you’re a woodworking enthusiast, you might be surprised to know that we don’t stain the wood used in our purpleheart wood watches. This stunning color actually exists in nature! Curiously, the gorgeous deep purple color is harvested from such a boring looking tree.

Purpleheart Wood Tree | Native to Brazil, Amazon Basin, South America, Central America, Caribbean | Unique Treehut watches handmade with wood

In fact, a great diversity of natural color exists in wood, especially in tropical hardwoods. Step out of your wood comfort zone and learn some quick facts about purpleheart wood:

 

1. The Purpleheart Tree's Genus is Peltogyne

There are over 20 documented species of Peltogyne! Purpleheart trees range from Southeastern Brazil to Costa Rica and even to Trinidad, but most species grow in the Amazon basin. Hence, these trees are colloquially known by quite a few names, depending on the language. These include: amaranth, violetwood, tananeo, saka, koroboreli, pau roxo, and morado. 

 

2. Its Wood is Not Always Purple

When purpleheart wood is first cut, it's actually more of a dull gray or faded brown color. However, with age and sun exposure, the wood darkens and adopts a more purple-ish hue. After the wood reaches its peak bright purple tint, so long as it’s continually exposed to UV light, it will then settle-in to a dark maroon, chocolate-purple, or even black color. The only way to prevent this drastic color change is to lock in the desired shade with the use of an UV-inhibiting varnish.

Purpleheart Wood | Purple, brown, black, maroon, color changes

Purpleheart wood in different phases after being cut
Photo Courtesy: Hobbit Exotic Wood

 

3. It is Almost Unbreakable 

Purpleheart wood is one of the hardiest and most sturdy woods in the world. As it is extremely dense and watertight, it is also very resistant to decay and to attack by fungi, termites, and other insects. I wish my house was made of this stuff...


4. The Purpleheart Tree is Very Sustainable 

Although purpleheart wood seems exotic and rare because of its absolutely gorgeous color, it is actually one of the most durable, stable, and sustainable wood species. Not only is it resistant to water and insect invasion, but it can also withstand radical and abrupt changes in climate and humidity.


5. Purpleheart Wood Might Have Spiritual Qualities 

In modern day pagan religions, purpleheart wood harbors important spiritual qualities. Many believe it enhances creative energy, knowledge, and assists in healing. It also may eliminate negative energies and tension in the home.


Purpleheart wood is both functional and spectacular in color. Maybe think twice before deciding to go with plain brown for your next woodworking project.

6. What is the grain pattern of Purple Heart Wood?

Primarily, the purple heart wood is straight graioned. However, there are examples of it being wavy, or displaying other patterns. 

7. Air and Light give purple heart wood its color

Freshly cut purple heart looks brown or greyish. However, as soon as they are exposed to air and light they begin to change color. This is because, of the chemical reactions caused by oxidation and UV radiation of the wood. Anti-UV coating is often used to limit the color change. 

8. Purpleheart Trees can grow up to 170 feet!

If you thought that purpleheart trees wouldn’t be that easy to spot, you were wrong. These trees have a very impressive size. The purpleheart trees can grow up to the size of up to 30 - 50 meters which is about 100 - 170 feet. They have a trunk diameter of around 5 feet as well. This makes these trees on the higher side when it comes to trees with high heights. 

Treehut's wooden watches come from many different types of wood both for men and women. If you are interested in wooden watches you can check our burl wood watch collection as well.  

Shop Purpleheart Wooden Watches:

The bamboo wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from purple heart wood.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping Including EngravingThe Ebony wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from purple heart wood.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping Including EngravingThe Ebony wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from purple heart wood.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping Including EngravingThe bamboo wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from purple heart wood.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping Including Engraving
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