Hickory sapwood is white, tinged with brown and the heartwood is pale yellow to reddish brown. Its coarse texture and bold, flowing grain patterns lead to a wide variation in color. Hickory wood may contain arbitrary specks, burls, knots, and mineral streaks that lead to a beautiful character in the wood. These variations of color are the qualities that make each hickory project unique. The durability and beauty of hickory make it a popular choice for furniture, cabinets and hardwood flooring.