If there is a domestic wood species that can be consistently classified as a top performer, it has to be cherry. Black cherry (Prunus serotina) is also known as wild cherry, wild black cherry, choke cherry, cabinet cherry and rum cherry, and grows from Canada south to central Florida and portions of Mexico and Guatemala. Its highest concentration is in Pennsylvania, which supplies about 70 percent of the country's cherry, although it only represents 3 to 4 percent of the Appalachian forest.
"Cherry seems to be hopping here lately," says Jerry Anton, a wholesaler with O'Shea Lumber Co. in Glen Rock, Pa. "We definitely seem to be getting more activity in the cherry department. Walnut and cherry seem to be the two markets that are moving up. It seems to be the cabinet guys again; they seem to picking up. For a while there, they didn't seem to be doing much, but hopefully it is a sign that the housing [market] is improving.