Veneer Species Guide

Columbia Forest Products is proud to offer an exciting variety of hardwood and decorative softwood species of faces to meet the demand for architectural individuality in interior design applications.

Rosewood, Brazilian

  • Latin name: Dalbergia nigra
  • Common name(s): Rosewood, Jacaranda, Rio Rosewood, Bahia Rosewood
  • Sources: Brazil and other Tropical American regions
CHARACTERISTICS Stark contrast between yellowish sapwood and dark red to violet to brown heartwood. Medium lustre, medium to sometimes coarse texture. Oily to the touch. Grain generally straight but may swirl, at times resembling a characteristic called monkey ear. Highly prized as one of the most beautiful of all hardwoods.
COMMON CUTS Plain sliced, Quarter sliced
USES Musical instrument components, parquetry, marquetry, and extremely high end architectural millwork and cabinetry.
AVAILABILITY Rare, if available at all. True Brazilian Rosewood has been on embargo for years and is considered endangered by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).
PRICE $$$$$++