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CHERRY – Wood Guide


FAMILY
Prune (Prunus)

FACTS
Easily recognisable by its thick “burnt-cornflake” looking bark, the cherry tree belongs the prunus, or stone fruit, tree family. It was first introduced to Europe as an ornamental tree in the mid-20th century but flourished so well it got to the point of being considered too invasive and negatively affecting the local biodiversity. The rapid expansion of cherry trees is due to their ability to proliferate in any landscapes, from healthy to damaged ones.

SUSTAINABILITY
Very Good. Prunus is not listed in the CITES Appendices and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.

COLOUR
Pink to red-brown, darkens with time and UV to a rich brown lustre.

GRAIN
Medium closed pores, normally with a consistently straight pattern.

HABITAT AND ECOLOGY
Cherry is a pioneer species. They love sunlight and they have a moderate lifespan of up to 250 years. Seeds are spread by birds who eat the fruit then excrete them.

WOOD
Stains badly – can be very blotchy (best to avoid staining). Sensitive to UV – will darken in sunlight and develop a beautiful patina. Very stable wood and great to work with.

TREE SIZE
50–100ft (15–30m)

DISTRIBUTION
North America, Central America, Europe

USE
Furniture, toys, fruit


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