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The sapwood of bloodwood is clearly demarcated and yellowish in color. The heartwood varies in color from red with a golden luster, to a deep, rich reddish-brown. The grain ranges from straight to slightly interlocked and wavy. It is fine textured and enhanced by a satiny appearance.

Formal Name: Brosimum rubescens

Other Names: Satine, Satinwood, Satine Rouge, Satine Rubane


Bloodwood grows in the Amazon Basin and a wide range of tropical South American areas, including French Guiana, Venezuela, Peru and Brazil. It also grows in areas of Panama.

Working Properties

Bloodwood is a very hard, heavy wood. It works fairly easily with both hand and machine tools. The wood can be difficult to saw and produces a moderate blunting effect on cutting tools. It has good gluing properties, but should be bored before nailing or screwing. Bloodwood produces an extraordinary finish when stained or polished.

Main Uses

Bloodwood is used mainly as decorative veneer in small quantities for marquetry, inlay and for banding in high-end furniture and cabinetry.