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Featured Lumber: Cherry

Featured Lumber: Cherry

We all know the tale of George Washington and how he cut down his father’s cherry tree with a hatchet. He confessed to his father his wrong doing. It’s an historical lesson on honesty. And we can say that we are honestly so excited to highlight this beautiful lumber this month! You can find cherry wood in many homes across America. Its gorgeous, rich reddish-brown color and workability make this a popular choice for cabinetry, fine furniture, and wood flooring.

Here are some facts that you might not know about Cherry wood:

  • Cherry, Prunus serotina,is found in the Eastern United States, with an abundance located in Pennsylvania.
  • The tree can reach heights of 70 ft!
  • It is the only major timber that belongs to the Rose family.
  • Some refer to is as Black Cherry or American Cherry.
  • Since it is a domestic tree, the cost is affordable, yet still more costly than oak or maple.
  • The Cherry wood grain is relatively straight and consistent in pattern.
  • It is very durable and resists decay.
  • It is extremely workable with both machinery and hand tools.
  • The American Colonists used the bark from the tree for medicinal purposes to treat bronchitis.
  • It can live anywhere from 150 to 200 years old!
  • The color darkens over time when exposed to light, resembling mahogany. The early colonists nicknamed it “New England Mahogany” due to this similar characteristic.
  • Cherry juice was made from the fruit and mixed with rum to make cordials.
  • Many items are made from cherry wood including: instruments, doors, boat interiors, turnings, cabinets, flooring, and furniture.
  • Cherry wood is stable after drying, which means that it is very unlikely to warp.
  • Since it is a great conductor of sounds, cherry was used to make Native American flutes and is still very popular in the making of modern instruments.

Visit Shell Lumber for a variety of lumber, including Cherry wood. We are located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133, visit us online at or give us a call locally at 305-856-6401 or Toll Free 800-621-6391.


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