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Tulipwood

Dalbergia decipularis: Dalbergia frutescens
Also known as |
Brazilian Tulipwood|Jacaranda Rosa|Pau de Fuso|Pinkwood|Tulipwood
Tulipwood Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Tulipwood is one of the most coveted and seldom-seen of all (Dalbergia genus) rosewood species. The trees are very small in stature, thus, obtaining long, wide boards is quite rare — and, when found undefective, sell at a premium. It is much more commonly found in smaller, craft-sized pieces. Finding any available boards in widths of 5″ or more is uncommon.

Its heartwood is cream to salmon colored, highlighted by striping which can be any combination of red, violet, purple, pink and rose hues. The sapwood is pale yellow to a very pale yellowish white. Heartwood color gradually fades with continued UV ray exposure.

Tulipwood is typically straight-grained, although grains can also be wavy or (infrequently) irregular. The wood has a high natural oil content and is quite dense, which makes working it an often-difficult prospect. Despite being rather grainy and pourous, it sands very smooth, revealing a pleasing natural luster.

This species is listed in CITES Appendix II, but not yet on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

There is some confusion surrounding this wood, as many have confused it with Tulip Poplar (which is indigenous to North America). It has also been misidentified as also originating from the Dalbergia Frutescens tree by many sources / authorities, after originally being miscategorized as a non-Dalbergia ("Physocalymma Scaberrima").

Finding any sizable boards is pretty rare in the US, especially ones without some sort of significant defect. Its supply is inconsistent, at best, due not only to the very small tree size, but also to a very limited natural range (exclusive to Northeastern Brazil).

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupPink
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3970
    Janka Hardness - LBF2500
    Janka Hardness - N11120
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    Tulipwood-Premium-4/4Lumber

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    TULP1416_1

    $121.44

    TULP1416
    .81" x 5" x 26.5"

    Cracks. Small knot. Beautiful figure and color.

    TULP1415_1

    $71.19

    TULP1415
    .81" x 2.75" x 34.88"

    Cracks. Worm tracks. Defect in surface.

    TULP1414_1

    $100.70

    TULP1414
    .81" x 3.13" x 39.25"

    Defects in surface. Some live edge. Nice color.

    TULP1413_1

    $180.90

    TULP1413
    .75" x 6.5" x 33.88"

    Cracks. Nice color and figure.

    TULP1412_1

    $167.40

    TULP1412
    .81" x 5.75" x 35.5"

    Cracks. Worm tracks. Bark inclusion.

    TULP1411_1

    $117.50

    TULP1411
    .88" x 3.38" x 42.06"

    Cracks. Some live edge.

    TULP1410_1

    $124.10

    TULP1410
    .88" x 3.5" x 43.25"

    Cracks.

    TULP1409_1

    $157.40

    TULP1409
    .88" x 3.81" x 48.19"

    Cracks. Checks.

    TULP1408_1

    $124.50

    TULP1408
    .88" x 3.63" x 41.81"

    Cracks. Small knots.

    TULP1407_1

    $84.15

    TULP1407
    .88" x 2.69" x 42.31"

    Cracks. Major defect in edge.

    TULP1406_1

    $100.00

    TULP1406
    .88" x 2.75" x 44.13"

    Cracks. Beautiful color and figure.

    TULP1405_1

    $97.35

    TULP1405
    .88" x 3.63" x 29.81"

    Some live edge. Minor bark inclusion.

    TULP1404_1

    $132.10

    TULP1404
    .88" x 3.5" x 45.69"

    Cracks. Worm tracks.

    TULP1403_1

    $145.90

    TULP1403
    .88" x 3.31" x 51.75"

    Surface defects. Some live edge.

    TULP1402_1

    $121.55

    TULP1402
    .81" x 3.38" x 46.5"

    Cracks. Split. Bark inclusion.

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