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Botanical Name:

Prunus serotina



Other Names:

Black cherry, American cherry

Tree Height:

50-100 ft

Tree Diameter:

3-5 ft

Weight at 12% moisture content:

35 lbs./ft.3

Growing Regions:

Eastern North America

General Characteristics:

Black Cherry’s heartwood is a light pinkish-brown when freshly cut and darkens to a beautiful medium reddish-brown with time and light exposure. Wide sapwood is not uncommon to see in boards, at least along the outer edges, and can appear yellowish in color. The grain of Cherry wood is usually straight, but can be found with a curly grain pattern in more figured pieces. The texture of Cherry wood is fine and even and a moderate natural luster is typically present.


Cabinetry, fine furniture, flooring, interior millwork, veneer, turned objects, and small specialty wood items

Working Properties:

Black Cherry is known as one of the best all-around woods for workability. It is stable, straight-grained and machines very well. Typically, difficulties arise if the wood is being stained, so using a sanding sealer or a gel-based stain is typically recommended to avoid blotchy results.

Suitable Substitutes:

Yellow Poplar is a frequent substitute, but must be stained to color match cherry’s heartwood.


As Black Cherry ages, it develops a rich reddish-brown patina. This look is often imitated with wood stains on other hardwoods to imitate the look of cherry wood. If one were looking to speed up the patina process of cherry, exposure to direct sunlight (with precautions) can do just that.


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