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AMERICAN CHERRY
Prunus serotina

Common Names

American Cherry, Wild Cherry, Black Cherry, Black Chokecherry, Rum Cherry, Whiskey Cherry


History

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.


Did You Know?

Like all fruit trees, cherry belongs to the rose family. Early printmakers used cherry for their engraving blocks.


Distribution

Throughout Midwestern and Eastern U.S. Average tree height is 60 to 80 feet. Cherry trees can live to the extreme ages of 150 to 200 years.


Main Uses

Fine furniture and cabinet making, mouldings and millwork, kitchen cabinets, paneling, flooring, doors, boat interiors, musical instruments, turnings and carvings.


Relative Abundance

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


General 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.


Availability

Readily available.

 

 

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Wood is a natural product. Some variation in color and grain pattern will occur between samples, images on this website, photographs and any specific installation.



Working Properties

Cherry is easy to machine, nails and glues well and when sanded and stained, it produces an excellent smooth finish. It dries fairly quickly with moderately high shrinkage, but is dimensionally stable after kiln-drying.


American Cherry Wood - Working Properties Chart

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Physical Properties

The wood is of medium density with good bending properties, it has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.


950 Janka Hardness Rating

American Cherry

Product Weights

Lbs

Green Rough Sawn

3.75 bf

KD Rough Sawn

2.88 bf

KD 15/16" HoM Planed

2.70 bf

KD 3/4" S4S & Flooring

2.16 sf

Listed weights are considered estimated averages only and do not include the additional weight of bolsters, packaging or crating.

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