Cherry has a slight tight grain pattern that is similar to Hard Maple. The wood found in Cherry is as strong as Hard Maple however it is 2/3rds as hard and may dent. Its innate beauty comes from its rich dark tones found in the heartwood of the Cherry tree. The sapwood (outer portion of the log) has a pale yellowish color. The color of the wood deepens to a deep reddish brown when exposed to the sun and will naturally darken over time. There may be dark spots and fine lines of gum deposits in the wood when sold with a natural or light finish. Dark finishes are also available that bring out the richness of this species.