Cherry Hardwood Flooring

wood-sample-cherry-largeCherry grows throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. Commercial concentration is in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and New York. The average height of cherry trees is 60 to 80 feet, and they can live as long as 150 to 200 years.

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. Early printmakers used cherry for their engraving blocks. The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis, and cherry stalks were used to make tonics. Cherry wood is often used in carvings, turnings, musical instruments, boat interiors, doors, paneling, kitchen cabinets, millwork and fine furniture.

The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and with exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. The wood has a fine and uniform straight grain. The texture is satiny smooth, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Cherry is easy to machine, nail, and glues well when sanded and stained. It produces an excellent smooth finish, dries fairly quickly with moderately high shrinkage, but is dimensionally stable after kiln-drying. The wood is of medium density with good bending properties. Cherry has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.

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