Scientific Name:

Pterocarpus macrocarpus

Other Names and Species:

Burma Padauk
Mai Pradoo


Southeast Asia


The sapwood of pradoo is grayish-white while the heartwood is yellowish-red to golden brown in color after exposure. The species has an interlocked, ribbon-like grain and is moderately coarse in texture. Pradoo has a medium to high luster.


Pradoo is very resistant to termite attack. The wood is reported to have a faint spice-like odor. Pradoo is easily dried with little resulting degrade in the wood.

Janka Hardness: 2170

As a flooring option, pradoo is a very hard and durable wood. It is nearly identical in hardness to santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200, is just under fifty percent harder than hard maple, and a little bit more than two thirds harder than red oak.


Pradoo can be moderately difficult to saw properly. Nailing can be difficult in this species, and as such should be pre-bored beforehand. Glue holds somewhat well with pradoo flooring. This wood sands very well and yields a naturally high polish.

Principal Uses:

Pradoo’s uses include flooring, chests, rustic furniture, mine timbers, and bedroom suites.