Cherry heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, and darkens to a medium reddish brown over time/upon exposure to light. Wide sapwood is a pale yellowish color, and is not uncommon for boards to contain some sapwood portions along the outer edges. The grain is typically straight, with the exception of the occasional figured/curly pieces.
Cherry is known to be one of the best woods for workability. It is stable, straight grained, and machines great. The only difficulties are if the wood is being stained, as it can produce blotchy results sometimes. Sapwood is common, and may contribute to a high waste factor.