Purpleheart has creamy white/gray sapwood but like its name suggests, the heartwood is a bright, striking purple when freshly cut, darkening into a deeper purple with age. It has a medium to fine texture with a luster that ranges from medium to high; its grain is usually straight but can be wavy or irregular. Purpleheart has high bending and crushing strength and stiffness with medium resistance to shock loads. A great feature when used as truck decking.
Purpleheart wood is recommended for wide use in floor coverings of residential homes with heavy human traffic. Those who prefer hardwood floors in lieu of the conventional ceramic or carpet covering should utilize this hardwood product .
The Purpleheart wood product's Heartwood is beige when freshly cut, turns rapidly to violet upon exposure to light and darkens eventually to a darker color with age. Its sapwood is distinct, pale pink to grey white. The luster is high with rather fine texture and its grain is generally straight, at times interlocked or slightly wavy.