Common Names
Black Cherry, American Cherry, Wild Cherry, Cabinet Cherry
Scientific Name
Prunus serotina
North America
Black Cherry heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown. The sapwood is white. It has a fine, straight grain with narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. It has a smooth texture.
Avg. Dried Weight
35 lbs/ft3 (560 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
950 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
12,300 lbf/in2 (84.8 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,490,000 lbf/in2 (10.3 GPa)
Crushing Strength
7,110 lbf/in2 (49.0 MPa)
Radial: 3.7%, Tangential: 7.1%
Moderately durable. Sapwood is susceptible to attack by common furniture beetle. Heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment.
Works easily with hand and power tools. Moderate blunting effect on cutters. Nails, glues, and stains well. Polishes to an excellent finish.

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