Color: Heartwood is vivid reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish- or purple- brown or black over time. Sapwood is cream-colored. Very uniform in color.
Grain: Straight to interlocked; coarse texture.
Variations Within Species And Grades: Slight variation in color.
Hardness/Janka: Janka:1725; (34% harder than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (5.2; 40% more stable than Northern red oak).