Does the color change significantly if you wet it? I can’t tell from the picture if it is more tan or pink.
Another option would be to build the box and let it sun for a week or two—and if it tans a store red it’s cherry.
Oops—looks like I posted right after you responded. I bought some “southern” hickory a few months ago and it is more tan, similar to ambrosia maple (this is the best picture I have since the lumber is buried right now).
Here are a few pictures of my pecan slab if that helps. (Sorry the pictures are not great, but it is behind some other slabs)
It does not look like the first picture, but seemed similar after you applied the mineral spirits. This makes sense since the guy I got the pecan slab from put some oil on my slab to show it off to potential customers. Pecan definitely is hard.