Amaranth (Peltogyne paniculata)

Amaranth timber, derived from the Peltogyne paniculata tree, features a vibrant reddish-purple colour sometimes with dark streaks and a fine, even grain. In boxmaking, we choose woods for their decorative appeal rather than their strength.

Characteristics of Amaranth

  1. Colour/Appearance — Reddish-purple colour.
  2. Grain/Texture —Grain is typically fine and uniform, with occasional interlocking patterns. Its texture is smooth and consistent, making it ideal for detailed woodworking projects.
  3. Odour — Faint, sweet scent, which is subtle and dissipates over time. This mild odour makes it suitable for indoor furniture and decorative items.
  4. Sustainability — The trees are not considered endangered, however, sustainable harvesting practices are crucial to ensure the long-term health of amaranth forests and ecosystems.
  5. Common Uses — Finds wide application in decorative woodworking projects, including furniture, flooring, cabinetry, and turned objects. Its vibrant colour and fine grain make it particularly suitable for accent pieces and statement furniture.
  6. Alternative Names — Known by alternative names as purpleheart, violetwood, or amaranthine, reflecting its distinct colour and appearance.
  7. Countries of Origin — Native to various regions in South America, including Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.
  8. Box/Furniture Making — Used in furniture making for its vibrant colour and decorative qualities. It adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to furniture pieces, enhancing their aesthetic appeal.

Wood Alternatives Based on Colour

  1. Padouk — Offers a warm reddish-orange hue akin to purpleheart, providing a striking alternative for achieving rich and vibrant tones in woodworking projects.
  2. Bloodwood — Features a vibrant red hue with dark streaks, offering a visually striking alternative for adding dynamic accents to woodworking projects.


Amaranth timber is prized for its vibrant reddish-purple colour, fine grain, and smooth texture, making it a versatile choice for woodworking projects. Its sustainability, durability, and decorative qualities make it a popular option for adding visual interest and sophistication to woodwork projects. With its bold and distinctive appearance, amaranth lends a touch of elegance to any interior space.

More information about Amaranth

Find more information about the tree species Peltogyne spp. or about the timber Purpleheart.

These boxes are made with Amaranth & other woods