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Janka Hardness Scale Rating: 950
North American cherry is a moderate wood flooring with excellent shock resistance. This domestic version -- not to be confused with Brazilian cherry or Jatoba -- "black cherry" is often used for lighter traffic areas as well as floor and ceiling borders, and room accents.
Cherry's heartwood color can range from light to dark reddish-brown. Its sapwood, however, can be a pale or light brown -- sometimes giving off a pinkish tone. Be aware that black cherry is light-sensitive, so expect the color to darken when exposed to light. Give the wood some time to level off.