The heartwood can vary in colour from reddish-brown to either deep red or a lighter red-brown. It normally has brown flecks and small guym pockets. There can be marked colour variations between boards. The narrow sapwood is whiteish to reddish-brown, somtimes tending to creamy-pink. American cherry has a fine, straight, close grain, smooth texture and a richy satiny lustre. It can be found with dark wavy streaks. Quartersawn wood somtimes shows beautioful figure.