Cherry is an exceptionally elegant hardwood, defined by soft grain patterns and rich tonality. In its natural state the specie may exhibit deep reddish-brown heartwood, while having areas that are slightly yellowish, pink, or even gray. These variations will be more visible in product finished in lighter colors. It is a closed-grain specie and may exhibit a slight mottling effect depending upon the chosen stain color. Cherry will display some of the following natural “marks” pin knots, sap wood, mineral streaks, and pitch pockets/gum spots. These facets are a vital part of what gives Cherry its beautiful appearance.
It is important to note that Cherry can react quite actively to light and will generally darken and redden over time. The natural tendency of this specie to redden can result in a surprising changing of coloration in material pigmented with lighter-tone stains.