American Cherry

Scientific name: Prunus serotina Ehrth

Other names: English: Black Cherry, Wild Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, or Mountain Black Cherry

Geographic origin: North America.


&;8226; Sapwood: white pink.
&;8226; Heartwood: from reddish brown to red.
&;8226; Fiber: straight.
&;8226; Grain: thin.

American Cherry


&;8226; Interior furniture and cabinet work: carved, turned and bent furniture.
&;8226; Hollow carpentry and paneling, interior: doors, windows, platform, parquet flooring, friezes, molding.
&;8226; Decorative panels.

Capacity of being impregnated

&;8226; Sapwood: capable of being impregnated.
&;8226; Heartwood: medium capacity of being impregnated.


&;8226; Sawing process: easy and with no difficulties.
&;8226; Drying process: easy and fast. Risk of crack formations.
&;8226; Planing process and other processes: no difficulties.
&;8226; Gluing process: some problems can arise from acid adhesives at high temperature.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: easy-regular difficulty.
&;8226; Finish: easy.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 560 kg/m3 semi-light wood.
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.38 % stable wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.92% tendency to deformity.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 3.2 semi-hardwood.

American Cherry

Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 850 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Elasticity module 103,000 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to compression 490 kg/cm2.

American Cherry