American Cherry (Prunus serotina)


Family - Rosaceae
Distribution - USA
Other Names: Prunus salicifolia, Cerasus serotina, American black cherry, Capollin, Capuli, Capulin, Cerezo, Cerezo de Los Andes, Chisos wild cherry, Detze, Edwards Plateau cherry, Escarpment cherry, Ghoto, Gila chokecherry, Mountain black cherry, Muji, New England mahogany, Pa-kshmuk, Plum, Rum cherry, Southwestern chokecherry, Spate traubenkirsche, Tnunday, Whiskey cherry, Wild black cherry, Wild cherry, Xeugua.
Characteristics: The timber is hard, with a fine, straight, close grain. The heartwood varies in colour from reddish-brown to rich red, the narrow sapwood being pink. Fine, narrow, brown-coloured pith flecks, and small gum pockets are a common feature on the wood, which weighs about 580Kg/m3 when dried.
Working Qualities: Works fairly easily, turns well, and takes an excellent polish.
Uses: Because of its beautiful grain and colour it is favoured for furniture and cabinet-making, but also used for tobacco pipes, musical instruments, interiors for boats and high class joinery.

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