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Garapa Technical Information

Below you will some Techincal Information about Garapa Decking.

Latin species name: Apuleia Leiocarpa

General information about Garapa Decking.

Garapa is a hardwood that is Native to Brazil. This hardwood is sometimes referred as “Brazilian Ash”. It is one of the most popular Brazilian hardwoods and its stability in the outdoor environments makes it a great product for decks, siding, and other outdoor projects.

Environmental Impacts

Deckstoronto Imports Garapa Decking from some of the largest suppliers in Brazil who are involved in all aspects of producing Garapa Decking – from harvesting to milling. For every Garapa Tree that is cut down, several other Garapa Trees are re-planted or space is made for small Garapa Trees to grow that already surround the Garapa tree that is chosen to be cut down.  Garapa decking is not listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species or in the CITES Appendices

About the Wood, Tree and Timber

Garapa Trees are very tall, generally ranging from 65 ft. – 100 ft. in height. The trunks of these trees are between 3ft and 5ft in diameter. The density of Garapa in its dried state is 820 kg/meter cubed.  The grain is usually straight, deck boards are free of knots.

Wood Bending Strength and Hardness

Garapa Decking is extremely hard, it has a rating of 1630 on the Janka scale, which makes it harder than Oak, and much harder than cedar, pressure treated and any type of a maintenance free deck product.  The bending strength of Garapa decking is 12900 psi which is very high and it results in very little deflection due to live load.


The movement outdoors is low. It is best to protect this decking with a hardwood oil on all sides prior to installation to prevent it from absorbing moisture.