A softer hardwood known for it's fine furniture graining and for
changing color over time from a pinkish tone to a warm reddish hue.
It has excellent moisture resistance with minimal shrinkage and
swelling. Cherry is also renowned for its rich color, and a warm
atmosphere it lends to any interior. Cherry is deservedly a staple of
many interiors, and has been for centuries.
Janka Hardness: 950
North American Cherry has a cream colored sapwood which contrasts
sharply with the reddish heartwood. In the heartwood the color can range
from a pinkish red to darker red. North American Cherry also has small
dark brown gum veins that are part of the character of this species.
Color Change: North
American Cherry undergoes an extreme degree of color change with
pronounced darkening from a pale pink color when fresh milled to a dark
reddish color when fully aged. This process occurs within a few weeks in
direct sunlight and by oxidation. Out of sunlight or with a water based
finish the process occurs over a six to eight month period.
Straight-grained, satiny, and smooth textured.
Stains and finishes very well.
The wood is of medium density. It has low stiffness and medium strength
and shock resistance. Cherry hardwood's grain has a very interesting
appearance. It has brown pith flecks and small gum pockets, which
produce distinctive markings.