Like all fruit trees, cherry belongs to the rose family. American Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and home furnishings. They mixed cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial. The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis, and cherry stalks were used to make tonics.
Where it Grows
Throughout Midwestern and Eastern U.S. Main commercial areas: Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and New York. Average tree height is 60 to 80 feet. Cherry trees can live to the extreme ages of 150 to 200 years.
3.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.
The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain, satiny, smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets.
The wood is of medium density with good bending properties, it has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.
We recommend when ordering cherry moldings that you order 10%-15% more then needed. Often sap tapped in the wood may create a light area that some customers find undesirable.
- Specific Gravity: 0.54
- Density: 36 lbs / cu.ft.
- Side hardness: 660 lbs
- Radial Shrinkage: 4%
- Tangential Shrinkage 7%
- Volumetric Shrinkage 12%
- Texture: fine, uniform
- Color: medium reddish brown
- Appearance: beautiful even light red tone
- Grain: straight
- Stability: excellent
- Durability: good, heartwood very resistant to decay