North American Cherry is a hardwood with a smooth texture that has a rich deep flowing grain pattern. Cherry wood in its natural state has a pinkish hue with a range in color from nearly white to pink to dark brown. Some sections can also have shades of yellow, green and gray. Cherry also has small gum spots, pinholes, pitch pockets and mineral flecks. Cherry will darken (mellow) with age due to exposure to sunlight. This change can occur gradually or rapidly depending on the amount and intensity of the exposure.