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Acacia Wood

What is Acacia Wood & Exotic Wood Flooring

 When you consider hardwood floors for your home, you will probably come across the term “exotic hardwood flooring.” What are exotic hardwoods? Are they difficult to get? How do you care for them? Let’s look at these questions and an easily accessible exotic: acacia wood.

We can divide the wood into two categories: domestic and exotic. Domestic hardwoods are those that are native to North America. Exotic is all the rest. These are trees found in both North America and other parts of the world. In those cases, the wood is categorized according to where that specific wood was sourced and harvested.

Factors You May Use to Choose Your Flooring

If you choose your flooring based on wood grain pattern or shade, an exotic wood may fit the bill. You might be concerned with supporting American jobs and will want to, therefore, avoid exotic woods. The first step is to know which is which. The following is a sampling of how some woods are categorized.

Exotic Flooring

  • Mahogany Wood

  • Cypress Wood

  • Brazilian Cherry Wood

  • Merbau Flooring

  • Bamboo Flooring

  • Acacia Flooring

Domestic Or Exotic Flooring Types

  • Cypress Wood

  • Hickory Flooring

  • Birch Wood Floors

  • Walnut Wood

Domestic Wood Flooring

  • Oak (Red or White) Hardwood

  • Maple Wood 

  • Pine Wood 

  • Cherry Wood 

  • Hickory Wood

Acacia Wood

One example of an exotic hardwood flooring option is Acacia wood. Acacia wood has various variegated tones ranging from pale bronze auburn to deep brown, all within a single plank. Acacia is as sophisticated as it is rustic. It can be left in its natural state or stained.

Its irregular coloring and textures aren’t for everyone. If you want a less showy floor, you might want to choose maple or pine.  But if you want a showstopper, acacia could be for you.

Another thing that makes Acacia unique is the length of its planks. They are shorter than most flooring planks. They are usually around 2 feet long because acacia trees are more like tall shrubs than trees. These shorter planks are perfect for chevron, herringbone, and basket floor patterns.


On the Janka Hardness Scale, acacia wood is 2300. That’s harder than oak, maple, mahogany, and hickory so that it will hold up to your pets and your foot traffic.

While it isn’t meant to endure standing water, acacia has a natural resistance to moisture and mold growth. This makes acacia ideal for humid regions, where it is less likely to warp and swell. It is also fire-resistant.


Compared to other exotic hardwoods like rosewood and mahogany, acacia wood is far less expensive at $3-$8 per square foot to purchase. This is an incredibly affordable option when you consider acacia is known to last far longer than other flooring options because of its durability. It also wears longer between refinishing and is low maintenance due to its variegation which hides minor scratches and dirt.

Environmentally Friendly

Acacia proliferates without fertilizers, pesticides, or additional water. This makes it much easier on the environment than other exotic woods. Because of how well it wears, when a home is razed or remodeled, the planks can be salvaged and reused. If you want to ensure you are buying eco-friendly acacia, look for a product certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or a similar organization.

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