The color of cherry is light reddish-brown in the heartwood and the sapwood is nearly white. The heartwood color will darken with age and on exposure to light. Cherry is usually straight-grained; satiny, with some figured. Small gum pockets are normal markings.
Cherry is easy to machine, nail and glues well and when sanded and stained, it produces an excellent smooth finish. The wood is of medium density with good bending properties, it has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.
It is used mainly in cabinets, furniture, carving, and turnery. It is also used for paneling, decorative veneer, architecturally woodwork, caskets, woodenware, novelties, musical instruments, gun stocks, handles, and toys.