You can get some pretty wood from the sweet cherry, but more often it does not have as pronounced grain. Black cherry doesn't get those large cherries.
Which one is black cherry?
Its the one on the right.
They both finish about the same. Which is black cherry?
You saw this one, Tom. The floor is black cherry, the base board is sweet cherry, and the cove trim is pine with a cherry stain. There is no stain on the cherry. I like natural finishes.
There is a big quality difference between sweet and black cherry. Sweet cherry has a lot more defect and has more tendency to have pockets of rot.