Cherry heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown. The sapwood is white. It has a fine, straight grain with narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. It has a smooth texture. Weight is about 36lbs per cu. ft.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Black Cherry, Wild Cherry, Cabinet Cherry
Medium strength. Good bending characteristics. Low stiffness and medium shock resistance.
Works easily with hand and power tools. Moderate blunting effect on cutters. Nails, glues, and stains well. Polishes to an excellent finish.
Moderately durable. Sapwood is susceptible to attack by common furniture beetle. Heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment.
Dries rapidly with little degradation if care is taken to avoid moderate shrinkage during seasoning. Medium movement.
Furniture, cabinetmaking, flooring, high-class joinery, boat interiors, tobacco pipes, paneling, and veneer. Excellent turning and carving wood.