[Prunus serotina]

Known by several names, including “Black Cherry,” “Wild Black Cherry,” and “American Cherry,” this widespread, North American species is the largest and most important native Cherry. Flourishing throughout the Eastern United States, it grows as far north as Southeastern Canada, as far south and west as Texas. With pockets found in Mexico and Guatemala.

Commercially, Cherry has been one of America’s most popular species for years. For every reason. Not only is it classically beautiful, it’s also known for being one of the best-all-around woods for workability. And its heartwood is rated as very durable and resistant to decay.

Super easy on the eyes, Cherry presents a naturally warm, light pink to reddish brown color that ages to even greater perfection over time, reaching darker, warmer tones. The grain is usually straight, though interestingly, almost all cuts offer hints of figure. And when quartersawn, it produces a mellow striped appearance.

An exceptional choice for any application, Cherry makes nearly every shortlist for wood veneer sheets, custom plywood, fine furniture, interior millwork, flooring, professional and scientific instruments, turned objects, and small specialty items.

Species Distribution:

Southeastern Canada
Eastern United States

Common / Alternative Names:

Black Cherry
American Cherry
Wild Black Cherry
Rum Cherry
Mountain Black Cherry

Janka Hardness:

950 lbf

Sustainability Status:

CITES Appendices: Not listed
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Listed as a species of least concern.

Related Species:

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)
Sweet Cherry (Prunus avium)
Plum (Prunus domestica)

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