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Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
N. American Cherry
Botanical Name
Prunus, serotina
Lumber Name
Black Cherry, American Cherry, North American Cherry
Region
Grows In
North America
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

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
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

View Prunus, serotina Photo Page for photos of the typical color range & change to be expected: Prunus, serotina Photo Page

Hardness

N. American Cherry is 75% as hard as red oak ( 950 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
graph
For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

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

Installation

Access the proper Installation Instructions below for the flooring format you've chosen this species in:

Installation Instructions

Special Characteristics / Issues Specific to this Species

Stability
2 (average & similar to read oak). For additional information, see: WFI's Wood Properties Chart on the WFI Downloads page.
Finish Issues
(For site sanding/
finishing only)
None known at this time. See: Finish Recommendations on the WFI Downloads page before commencing any site finishing.
Safety / Allergic
Reaction Issues)
None known at this time. See Material Safety for safety issues with wood dust.
Other Characteristics /
Issues Specifid to
this Species
None known at this time. See Feedback / Silky Ash on the Site Map to see what others have experienced with this species.

Notes

Additional Technical Information on this species can be accessed from the links below:
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - Prunus, serotina Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Prunus, serotina

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
N. American Cherry
Prunus, serotina
Black Cherry, American Cherry, North American Cherry
North America
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
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
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
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
N. American Cherry
2 (average & similar to read oak)
#3 / -0.3%
-0.3%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
.00303
0.00206
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
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
Janka
Indent Tests
950
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
.00303
0.00206

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