Cherry - Prunus

There are three types of cherry tree - black cherry, red cherry and wild cherry. Black cherry is the tallest growing of the three (up to 100 ft or 30 meters). Brazilian Cherry is a misnomer because it belongs to the hymenaea courbaril species and it's proper name is 'jatoba'.

Cherry became popular in the United States as a cheap alternative to mahogany because it has a similar colour. Ironically it is harder than mahogany and has a Janka Hardness Rating of 950 (pounds force). Cherry can be identified by its broad curling pattern.

Cherry trees grow in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. Unfortunately, it is not an abundantly growing resource therefore using only reclaimed cherry for flooring is of the utmost ecological importance.

The most valued part of the cherry tree is the heartwood which has a distinctive reddish colour normally associated with cherry. The sapwood ranges from a whitish colour to a pale red colour. Some manufacturers steam the sapwood and heartwood together so the red of the heartwood seeps into the sapwood and makes a uniform colour.

The great advantage of cherry other than its colour is that it is a very stable wood that moves very little once dried. This characteristic makes it ideal as a material for reclaimed hardwood flooring.

Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring has a golden luster. It is an exceptionally strong wood with a Janka Hardness Rating of 2,350 (pounds force). This strength makes Brazilian cherry very durable and ideal for reclamation. Sadly, Brazilian cherry or jatoba is very popular in the States and, as a consequence of its popularity, is responsible for a lot of illegal logging in the Amazon.

Distressed cherry

Brazilian cherry

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