American Cherry


The heartwood of American Cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. Cherry can be supplied steamed, to darken sapwood or left un-steamed. The wood has a fine uniform straight grain, smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small pockets.  

Physical and Mechanical Properties: Wood of medium density with good wood bending properties. It has low stiffness, medium strength and shock resistance. 

Working Properties: Cherry is easy to machine. It nails and glues well and when sanded, stained and polished, it produces an excellent smooth finish. It dries fairly quickly with moderately large shrinkage, but is dimensionally stable after kilning.

Durability: Rated as resistant to heartwood decay. 

Main uses: Furniture and cabinet making, high-class joinery, kitchen cabinets, mouldings, panelling, flooring, doors, boat interiors, musical instruments, turning and carving. The subtle range of red tones found in the heartwood has made this species very fashionable for many high end applications. 

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Botanical Name: Prunus serotina
Other Names: Black Cherry, American Cherry
Origin: North America
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Seasoning: Dries well with little degrade.
Working Qualities: Works easily. Machines and turns well. Very good polish finish.
Uses: Fine furniture, high class joinery, boat interiors, musical instruments.
Price (1-10): 7


Availability: Available ex-stock in Random Widths in 25, 40, 50 and 75mm thicknesses.
Stocked: Yes
Grade Description: Prime: A North American grade for a board to provide 83.3% (10/12ths) clear cuttings of a particular size. Requires one face of the boards to be predominately free of sap wood. This means that defects such as knots, splits and wane are permitted, but in small quantities, and sap wood is allowed on the back. Superior: A North American grading rule similar to Prime, except less sap wood is allowed on the board. It must be 90% free of sap on the face, back and one edge.


Primary Suppliers: Cole Hardwoods, Baillie Lumber


Durability Above Ground: Moderately Durable


Density Air Dry: 625 kg/m3


Shrinkage Radial: 3.0 - 5.0 %
Shrinkage Tangental: 5.0 - 8.0 %


Stability Kiln Dry: Stable
Stability Green: Very prone to shrinkage and distortion

Mechanical Properties

Janka Hardness: 4.2 kN
Modulus of Rupture: 84.809 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity: 10,274 GPa
Comp Strength Parallel to Grain: 49.023 MPa

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