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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. Its sapwood is pale yellow. Its texture is fine and even, its luster is moderate, and its grain is straight (sometimes with 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 :

Cherry is 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. Its price is comparable to that of walnut.



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


Common Uses

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

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