the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
American black cherry / Prunus serotina of the family Rosaceae
5" x 5" flat cut, 5" x 5" quartersawn, 3/4" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Diffuse porous with moderately strong rays and weak but noticeable growth ring boundaries. Ray flakes on quartersawn surfaces range from nonexistent to fairly strong, but quite small. The face grain of flat cut pieces is often quite distinctive and easily identified by those familiar with it.
A particularly attractive native hardwood that has long been a favorite of furniture makers. Among its several excellent features is that it ages more beautifully than almost any other wood, deepening to a rich reddish brown.
The beautiful aged look can be obtained very quickly with the proper application of a lye solution, but it's tricky to get right. There are numerous Internet sites explaining the process.
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions