The narrow sapwood is whitish to pale reddish-brown but is
not always clearly defined from the heartwood. The heartwood
is variable in color from light yellowish or pinkish-brown
to dark reddish-brown but
is normally uniform in a given specimen. It has a rich luster
usually with a straight grain but frequently pieces
are found with dark wavy streaks for striking beauty. The
crotches and burls are highly prized for figured veneers.
This species has strength properties that are in many respects
In general, this species works well, saws cleanly, planes excellently and is a useful timber for turnery purposes. Screw holding properties are good and glue
adheres well. It takes all kinds of finishes very well, turning darker and richer with age.
Black cherry was used extensively in the 18th century for manufacturing of furniture, cabinets and interior trim. It was also used as backing for electro types
and zinc etchings, woodenware, veneer, musical and scientific instruments, novelties, tool handles and furniture. Black cherry has regained it popularity as a
cabinetry wood and is being used despite its increased cost.