Cherry Wood

Cherry Wood

Natural cherry wood is perhaps the most prized furniture hardwood in America. Easily our most popular seller, cherry is a smooth-grained, reddish-brown hardwood that comes from the American Black Cherry fruit tree.

Cherry is renowned among woodworkers and furniture aficionados for its color and aging process. It starts out a light pink and darkens over time to a rich reddish hue with a lustrous patina.

Characteristics of Cherry Wood

Color Light pink to rich reddish brown
Source American Black Cherry Tree (Prunus Serotina)
Hardness 995 on the Janka scale
Cost $3 to $10 per board feet
Common Uses Furniture, cabinets, flooring, kitchen accessories
Quilted Vermont Rocking Chair in Cherry

Quilted Vermont Rocking Chair

Cherry Moon Nightstand

Cherry Moon 1-Drawer Enclosed Shelf Nightstand

Contemporary Craftsman High Footboard Bed in Natural Cherry

Contemporary Craftsman High Footboard Bed

Modern American Dining Table in Cherry

Modern American Dining Table

Frequently Asked Questions About Cherry Wood

What Color is Cherry Wood?

Cherry Wood

You may be surprised to learn that natural cherry wood changes colors over time and that the color can vary greatly between trees and even among different boards from the same tree. While many types of wood can darken over time, this process can be very distinct when dealing with cherry wood. It starts out a light golden/pink tone and darkens to a rich, reddish-brown color as it is exposed to light.

This darkening or “ripening” process is most apparent within the first six months of light exposure and it may continue for several years before reaching that beautiful, reddish brown hue that cherry wood is known for. You can accelerate the aging process by exposing the wood to as much natural light as possible.

Why Does Cherry Wood Change Colors Over Time?

Although there’s some debate about what exactly causes wood to change colors over time, most agree that it&rs