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Common Alabama Urban Wood Species and their Benefits, Uses, and Fun Facts :: Cherry

Common Alabama Urban Wood Species and their Benefits, Uses, and Fun Facts :: Cherry - Alabama Sawyer

July 04, 2022

While cherries are usually associated with delicious fruit, the wood itself is equally amazing. It also looks great with Cobalt Blue, the color that the New York Times says is key for Summer 2022.

Cherry trees grow best in well-drained, moist, and acidic soil, and they need partial to full sun. They can grow up to 35ft in height. 

Heartwood has a light pinkish brown color when freshly cut, but over time it darkens into a medium reddish-brown color. The sapwood is pale and yellowish. Cherry wood generally has a straight grain and fine or even texture. This wood has a natural, moderate luster. 

The main benefits of cherry wood include:

  • Great workability
  • Stability
  • Machines well
  • Resistant to rot and decay

In interior design, cherry wood has numerous uses, including those associated with cabinetry, flooring, fine furniture, and small specialty wood items. This wood is also useful for paneling and carvings.

Cherry wood fun facts:

  • Produces excellent, smooth finish when stained and sanded
  • Cherry trees tend to have a short lifespan of about 15 to 30 years

The story of George Washington, cutting down his fathers cherry tree with his new hatchett is a myth invented by one of his biographers, years after his death.