African Padauk

African Padauk is an exotic wood found in central and tropical west Africa. Padauk has a unique reddish-orange coloration and sometimes referred to by the name Vermillion. The color of Padauk varies, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown. Padauk is moderately heavy, strong, and stiff, with exceptional stability. Padauk is perhaps the most frequently misspelled (and mispronounced) wood species, with Padouk, Paduk, and Paduak being common misspellings. The most common pronunciation is pah-DUKE.

 Other Names

Pterocarpus soyauxii, Vermillion


This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  (Learn More)

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