About Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring

Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring actual is not related to American cherry wood at all. It has a similar color to American Cherry with a variety of hues ranging from reddish brown to a yellow brown. Brazilian cherry, also known as Jatoba, goes by the scientific name hymenaea courbaril and you can read more about the tree itself at The Wood Database.

As a flooring product, Brazilian cherry is one of the most popular as it is twice as hard as red oak, thus very scratch resistant. It is also a very elegant choice with its warm, rich color range. You can see a selection of Brazilian cherry floors at Home Depot.


As with most hardwoods, you can find nail down or glue down boards for a traditional installation over a plywood subfloor. However, if you wish to install your Brazilian cherry wood floor over an existing vinyl kitchen or bathroom floor, directly over a concrete slab, or if you have your heart set on it going into your basement you may want to consider purchasing a engineered product that is designed for a floating installation. You could use a product such as Schön Engineered Quick Clic- 7/16″ x 4-3/4″ Brazilian Cherry Quick Clic Engineered Flooring, available at Lumber Liquidators.


The typical price range for Brazilian cherry flooring ranges from $3.00 to $6.00 per square foot, while is less expensive than how much hardwood flooring usually costs. However, if you would like to be sure that you are purchasing a product that is certified to be made from sustainably harvested wood, you should expect to pay double. The Armstrong company uses wood from sustainable forestry sources, so if you prefer to ‘go green’ they are a recommended resource.