Other Names: Prunus serotina, American Cherry, Black Wild Cherry, Chisos Wild Cherry, Rum Cherry, Southwest Choke Cherry
Description: Cherry wood is a North American wood with a distinctive reddish brown coloring that can vary from a very light to very dark shade, making it decoratively versatile. Cherry floors, much like other domestic species such as Maple and Oak, invoke a sense of tradition and distinction. This inherent beauty is a one of many reasons why Cherry flooring is a frequent choice of fine furniture designers and architects alike. Among the softer hardwoods, a harder wood might make a better choice in a high traffic environment than a Cherry floor. However, Cherry hardwood is rated as very resistant to decay and dimensionally stable, which, combined with proper maintenance, ensures a long life for your Cherry hardwood floor.
Hardness: 950 pounds
Strength (MOR): 12,330 psi
Stiffness (MOE): 1,490 1000 psi
Density (KG/m3): 544
Tangential Shrinkage: 7.1 %
Radial Shrinkage: 3.7 %
About: Our Cherry flooring is available exclusively in the engineered format. The boards are 1/2″ thick with 3-5″ widths available with 1-4′ random lengths. All of our engineered products are FSC certified.
Tree Characteristics: The Cherry tree can reach heights of approximately 100 feet and diameters of 4 to 5 feet.
Geographic Area: Cherry is found primariliy in the eastern half of the United States.
Color: Reddish-brown heartwood with a golden luster, light yellow sapwood
Photosensitivity: Cherry will darken dramatically after exposure to light.
Texture: Fine, uniform
Drying Characteristics: Rated as somewhat slow drying, some risk of warping.
Working Characteristics: Rated as easy to work, smooth finishing, dimensionally stable.
Durability Rating: Very resistant to heartwood decay.
Applications: Fine furniture, flooring, piano actions, scientific instruments, engraving blocks, wooden ware.