both (Prunus avium and Prunus serotina) are listed as cherry,
the difference being the distribiution P. avium in europe, P. serotina
in northern america. Do the P. serotina trees produce edible/delicius
With regard to the original question of the color theyΉ say: "Heartwood
basically brown to red to yellow to white or grey.", i.o.w. many
possibilities, so color doesn't tell...
Ή)H. G. Richter and M. J. Dallwitz (2000 onwards). Commercial timbers:
descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information
retrieval. In English, French, German, and Spanish. Version: 18th
October 2002. http://biodiversity.uno.edu/delta /
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Let's be real esoteric and refer to Holz aktuell, Heft 5/1985 p7-35
The fruit universally known as cherry is from Prunus avium (with some Prunus
cerasus thrown in).
The wood sold as cherry is almost all Prunus serotina. Why? Because you just
can't get the wood of Prunus avium (beyond the occasional tree here and
there). Prunus avium is grown for the fruit and these days that means little
trees (with no merchantable wood), while Prunus serotina is grown only for
the wood. However the reputation of cherry as a timber (including the famous
"cherry stain") was made by Prunus avium.
With both the fruit known as "cherry" and the reputation as a timber coming
from Prunus avium there is no doubt in my mind as to what is the real
As to why a tree does not become a "cherry" by calling it Black cherry and
abbreviating it, may I suggest looking at Australia's She Oak, Silk Oak and
Tasmanian Oak, none of which are oaks. Lets not get into the mahoganies,
with Philippine mahogany, Burma mahogany, etc.
Or "tulip-poplar," which is neither a tulip nor a poplar.
P. serotina produces an astringent fruit only a bird could love. With some
sweet, makes a strong-flavored jelly or a tasty wine/cordial.
On 15 Nov 2003 09:12:38 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
brought forth from the murky depths:
I call it "reddish brown shit", or RBS for short.
It's plum purty, that's what it is.
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As a building contractor, I do quite a bit of residential. I usually do my
own trim. People aren't necessarily so finiky as to the wood type but more
on the color. Infact if "cherry" is in, the client is usually looking for
that "showroom" cherry color. Here in Oregon, cherry is fairly spendy. If
the customer is more concerned about the color than the wood, we will
typically stain hemlock to that "showroom cherry" color. But me? I'm like
you. I like walnut now. And I'll still like walnut in 10 years. But it
does look real nice with maple accents ;-)
I like oak, but I think I'm getting a bit tired of it and in the spirit
of the OP's question, I too, wonder if a certain wood is in. Look at
all the homes with black granite countertops now. Look at the cherry
raised panel doors without arches. Stainless appliances. That's the trend.
I wasn't asking the question to have someone tell me what I, personally
should put in. I'll put in whatever I finally decide to!
Hey, I'm the guy who got a Unisaw when the vote was for the Powermatic.
Mark Jerde wrote:
Just been thru all this with my sister-in-law and niece - both remodeling
kitchens and I'm been doing the cabinet doors and building some French doors
and bay window cabinets.
None of those woods in your list are out of style but each wood does fit
better with a particular cabinet style. If it were French country, the
cherry fits nicely, traditional then maple and oak for classic country.
Just some examples...there's plenty more. It's probably the stain color
that dates cabinetry more than any other factor - not the wood type.
I like oak for a variety of reasons, but on something like
kitchen cabinets that are going to be in the same place for
years, the strong grain patterns in oak seem a bit
overpowering. We still have some good oak furniture that we
intend to keep for a long time, but it isn't as in your face
as a wall of kitchen cabinets. IMHO oak makes great accent
Maple and cherry both have mild enough grain patterns that
they don't stand there and shout what kind of wood they are
for the next few decades.
If you are going to leave the wood it's natural color, it's
important that you consider what color schemes you like and
are likely to want to use in the future.
In the end, whatever wood that lights your candle is the
right one for you.
It's been that way for many years. Like a race between oak, cherry,
and maple. I find better wood buys in oak and maple because cherry is
"in" right now. I really don't know why, but all three are good woods
to make furniture. It's beyond me why so many people got to have SUVs
and cell phones. Fads?
I live in the Washington D.C. area, and as a rule, winters are much milder
than those of my South Dakota upbringing.
After a snowstorm I walked down to the supermarket about a block from our
house. The parking lot was about 1/4 filled with vehicles -- every last
stinking one of them a SUV. I had a good laugh when I saw it. I could
almost hear the conversations before each vehicle's hazardous trek: "Margo,
we paid $$$ for our four-wheel drive. By gum, I'm going to DRIVE to the
market and get that jar of salad dressing!"
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