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Prunus spp. of the family Rosaceae --- but "Gummy cherry" is not a species, it is a figure in cherry caused by excessive gum veins that run up and down the growth rings and sometimes causes structural weakness in the wood. I am only familiar with it in American black cherry but it may well occur in other varieties of cherry.
both sides of a sample plank of gummy black cherry / Prunus seratina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This sample was sold to David as a burl but it is not; it's a crotch area with the kind of gum inclusions that make it "gummy cherry"
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
NOTE:All of the samples below were contributed to the site by Gary Merlie, whom I thank. Just as a side note, when I got these I had forgotten that Gary said he was going to be sending me some and when I opened the box and started taking the pieces out my first thought was that they were bubinga. In some cases they look remarkably like kevazinga (rotary cut bubinga) in both color and figure.
this is a composite shot of all the pieces Gary sent, before I did any sanding on them --- you can see that some of them have a moderate patina that has been sanded off in the pics below. HUGE enlargments are present
4 very thin slices off of different sections. I was interested to see that although the gum veins can cause structural weakness and allow easy separation, on these 4 thins there was no sign of that even thought the gum veins are extensive on some of them. HUGE enlargements are present
the three pieces that I sanded down to get fine grain details --- HUGE enlargements are present
end grain shots of the 3 pieces directly above
end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the left-most piece directly above --- these show the rays very clearly
end grain closeup of the middle piece directly above
one of the end grain closeups of the piece directly above and the associated END GRAIN UPDATE
a couple of side grain closeups of the pieces directly above --- I took these because these particular side areas were perfectly quartersawn and really show the ray flakes nicely.
a face grain closeup of a 2"x2" area ---- HUGE enlargements are present
a couple more pieces from the set --- these are sanded but not as fully as the 3 pieces in the set above
end grain shots of the 2 pieces directly above
end grain closeups of the pieces directly above
side grain closeups of the pieces directly above
gummy American black cherry veneer
web pics: --- many of these are from Gary Merlie who provided most of my own samples up above
a surface-finished planks, moistened for the pic
two pics and a closeup of a gummy slab
gummy cherry flooring --- HUGE enlargements are present
jewelry box top
chest of drawers and night stand with gummy cherry drawer fronts
table and drawer --- I notice that even the legs are made from gummy cherry
bowl listed as gummy cherry. This does not have the long veins that you see on many pieces but it does have numerous short gum inclusions. NOTE: I have it from knowledgeable correspondent Rob Mathison that this is NOT "gummy" cherry, and the discolored sections are not gum inclusion but rather "bear paw" (aka "bear claw") cherry. I have a write-up on the bear claw figure here: bear claw