American Cherry

COLOR / GRAIN VARIATION

Low/Medium

HARDNESS
american cherry hardness
COLOR

Typical : Red, Reddish Brown
New Color : Soft-toned peachy brown
Aged Color : Darker tone, with dark peach/red highlight

SPECIES BACKGROUND

Like all fruit trees, cherry belongs to the rose family. American colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and home furnishings. They mixed cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial. The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis, and cherry stalks were used to make tonics.

WHERE IT GROWS

Throughout Midwestern and Eastern U.S. Min commercial areas are PA, VA, WV and NY. Average tree height is 60-80 feet. Cherry trees can live to the extreme ages of 150-200 years.

RELATIVE ABUNDANCE

3.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.

AVAILABILITY

Excellent

ORIGIN

North America

DESCRIPTION:

The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain, satiny, smooth texture and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets.

DID YOU KNOW ?

Early printmakers used cherry for their engraving blocks.