(Black) (Prunus serotina)|
Color: Heartwood is dark to redish brown, lustous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone. Some manufacturers steam lumber to bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood, resulting in a more uniform color.
Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. True quatersawn has distinctive flake pattern. Texture is satiny, with some gum pockets.
Properties: Hardness: 950 Janka Table, 26% softer than Northern red oak Durability: Strong, moderately hard. Usually considered too soft for an entire floor-mostly used for accents and borders.