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Cherry heartwood offers a beautiful, light reddish-brown color that darkens with age and exposure to sunlight. Some heartwoods take on reddish tones similar to Mahogany and deepen over time to a dark reddish-brown with golden overtones. The sapwood can be very light, ranging in shades from white to pale yellow. The straight, tight, satiny grain of Cherry can be marred by flecks or small gum pockets.
Formal Name: Prunus Serotina
Cherry is found in the midwestern and eastern United States, with a high area of concentration in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and New York. Cherry is one of the most abundant American hardwoods.
Cherry has long been recognized for its superior woodworking qualities. It is light, yet strong, relatively stiff, and rather hard. Dimensionally stable once dried, Cherry turns well, is easily machined and also works beautifully with hand tools. The wood can be easily glued and holds screws well. The smooth texture and satiny grain stains beautifully with exceptional results.
Cherry is most often used for fine furniture, cabinetry, flooring, mouldings and decorative millwork. It is also an excellent choice for high-end paneling, boat interiors and musical instruments.