Cherry is an exceptionally elegant hardwood, defined by soft grain patterns and rich tonality. In its natural state the species may exhibit deep reddish-brown heartwood, while having areas that are slightly yellowish, pink or even grey. The variations will be more visible in product finished in lighter colors. It is a closed-grain species and may exhibit a slight mottling effect depending upon the mineral streaks and pitch pockets/gum spots. These facets are a vital part of what gives Cherry its beautiful appearance. It is important to note that Cherry can react quite actively to light and will generally darken and redden over time.