Cherry trees grow to an average height of 60-80 feet and are prevalent throughout the eastern United States. Cherry makes up 3% of the commercially available hardwoods in the United States. It has a long and distinguished history and is prominently used in high end furniture and cabinetry worldwide. Cherry’s beautiful heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown, while its sapwood is nearly white.


Cherry has good working properties: it machines well, has high shock resistance, and carves easily. Cherry has uniform texture and interesting grain patterns. When sanded, stained and polished, it produces a beautiful smooth finish. It will darken upon exposure to light. It nails and screws well, and has good bending properties.

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Cherry lumber and veneer is used to make fine furniture, cabinets and architectural millwork. It is also favored for specialty items such as utensils, bowls and picture frames.

Other Uses

The bark of black cherry was traditionally used as an antispasmodic and sedative, although more modern “cherry” cough syrup versions only use flavoring.

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