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Exotic Hardwood: Acacia

Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Exotic Hardwoods AcaciaHow about bringing a little bit of history into your home or office? Acacia exotic hardwood is a beautiful choice that some believe might have celebrity status as the wood used to build the Ark of the Covenant. And and one of its species might have been the proverbial burning bush that Moses communed with in the Old Testament. Though no claims of spiritual transference can be made by installing this type of hardwood flooring, the spiritual beauty of nature and the fragrance of the wood can certainly bring joy and serenity to your space.

The term Acacia is actually used to describe over 1,300 species of trees and bushes, but there are only a handful of species that are used for furniture, ornaments, and of course, hardwood flooring. Approximately 950 of those 1,300 species are native to Australia.

Actually, several Acacia species have become so prolific in South Africa, it's almost being looked on as a "weed," so sustainability luckily is not much of an issue with this type of tree. Other areas where you can find this species is Africa, Asia, and North and South America. So actually it's a domestic and exotic hardwood. This tree is also pretty amazing in its non-construction uses. Its seed pods, leaves, and flowers are used all over the world in homeopathic treatments, perfumes, as well as culinary options. It's just kind of amazing to know the tree that's produced to make your flooring could have fed someone as well in its lifetime.

Acacia hardwood flooring can come in a wide range of color and graining depending on the species and style you choose. The natural tone of the wood can vary from a light golden or tan to a darker brown with contrasting dark brown and gold graining. Of course, the wood can also be stained to other variations of red and orange tones. It's a versatile wood, durable wood that is also beautiful. So consider Acacia for your remodel or building project and you'll have a wood that has certainly stood the test of time and has been used in some pretty significant projects of the past. Join the Acacia club…looks like God's a member.