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North American Cherry Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to North American Cherry (Prunus, serotina) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): Black Cherry, American Cherry, North American Cherry.
Grown in: North America.
A softer hardwood known for it's fine furniture graining and for changing color over time from a pinkish tone to a warm reddish hue. For residential use only.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: North American Cherry has a cream colored sapwood which contrasts sharply with the reddish heartwood. In the heartwood the color can range from a pinkish red to darker red. North American Cherry also has small dark brown gum veins that are part of the character of this species. Wood Flooring International supplies North American Cherry in which the contrasting sapwood has been graded out yielding a reasonably uniform reddish wood.
Color Change: North American Cherry undergoes an extreme degree of color change with pronounced darkening from a pale pink color when fresh milled to a dark reddish color when fully aged. This process occurs within a few weeks in direct sunlight and by oxidation, out of sunlight, over a six to eight month period.
Where to Use
North American Cherry may be used residentially wherever the distinguished look of one of America’s favorite woods will compliment the color scheme of the setting. North American Cherry is not recommended for use commercially due to its softness.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Allergic Reactions: There are some cases known of dermatitis when coming into contact with North American Cherry saw dust so care should be taken when working with this wood.
Product availability
Available in the following collections: American Woods.
See a list of all North American Cherry products.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for North American Cherry.
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