Don’t be Fooled by the “Pseudo” Species
Names like Brazilian cherry and bamboo hardwood floors play on heritage of American Hardwoods
|Marketing Name||Is Not||Really Is|
|“Brazilian maple”||maple||pau marfin|
|“Patagonian maple”||maple||pau marfin|
|“Australian Heritage oak”||oak||eucalyptus|
|“Rose River gum “||gum||eucalyptus|
To confirm the identity of a wood species, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service suggests checking the species’ botanical name. The botanical name for a real oak tree, for example, will contain the word “Quercus,” which means “a fine tree” in Latin.
The Species Guide on this website also outlines botanical names, descriptions and lore about major hardwood species found in the temperate forests of the United States.