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Cherry, also called Black Cherry and American Cherry (scientific name: Prunusserotina), has a heartwood of light pink-brown color, which darkens to red-brown after being cut. Sapwood is pale yellow. Its texture is fine and even, luster is moderate and grain is straight (sometimes curly patterns).

Cherry is commonly found in eastern North America. Heartwood is very durable and resistant to decay.

Janka Hardness :

4,230 N (950 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

560 kg/m3 (35 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

A stable and straight grain wood, it machines well and is excellent for workability. Common sapwood can lead to higher waste. Staining can occasionally produce blotchy results. Avoid using gel-based stain or using a sanding-sealer before staining.


Pricing / Availability

Cherry is domestic lumber and therefore is reasonably priced and is generally affordable, but it is usually priced higher than Maple and Oak lumbers, with its price being comparable to that of walnut.



It is not mentioned in the IUCN’s Red List and CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It is used extensively in high-end furniture, cabinetry, flooring, veneer, and also in turned wooden items and specialty wooden objects.

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