Color: At first, red-brown or purple-brown with light yellow-brown or purple streaks, after exposure uniform light brown or yellow-brown.
Grain: Fine texture, interlocked, waxy or oily feel.
Variations Within Species and Grades: Dramatic shading that mellows as the floor matures.
Hardness/Janka: 3540; 174% harder than Northern red oak
Dimensional Stability: Average (7% more stable than red oak)