Color: Heartwood is light to dark reddish-brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone. Some flooring manufacturers steam lumber to bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood, resulting in a more uniform color. Color darkens.
Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. Distinctive flake pattern on true quartersawn surfaces. The texture is satiny, with some gum pockets.
Variations Within Species And Grades: Significant color variation between boards.