Its all a matter of personal tastes. To me of those Hickory would be the strongest flavor followed by Cherry and Apple with the lightest smoke flavor. I've had some people tell me the Apple tastes a little fruity tho I don't notice that
It is a fresh ham. Not cured or precooked or anything. Thank you for your input. Since I've never smoked with apple or cherry I needed some suggestions. It would have been nice if I had smoked with apple and/or cherry in the past so I would know.
It all depends on how strong you like your smoke flavor. Apple, cherry, maple all will be a light smoke, hickory will be stronger and mesquite is a very strong smoke. I like mixing myself. All good suggestions above ^^^^. My personal taste would be hickory with a kiss of mesquite but I would stay away from mesquite until you try out a lighter wood first. Kinda like trying a jalapeno first before going for the habanero. Hope this helps.
For ham I think that I'd incorporate a little bit of maple into the mix. Another to consider is apricot, I like using it with pork. It is similar to apple mild and sweet but perhaps not as much tang or "bite". A little bit of hickory maybe but my top suggestions would be apple, apricot, cherry and maple. Almond would go good with your cherry if you like cherry. Personally, I'd go with apricot or apple along with some maple any of those should work just fine.