European cherry tree
Next to the apple trees, the sweet cherry tree is in Germany the most grown fruit tree in the fruit gardens or plantations. It can be found as a free-standing tree at the light deciduous forest edges in its wild form. As a deciduous tree, turning green in summer, it can reach growing heights of 20 m with its rather spherical top; rarely higher. Knot-free stems of fruit trees over 6 m at a stem diameter of approximately 50 cm are seldom.
The wood of the cherry tree is a classical material in furniture manufacture and interior work. We are especially familiar with the honey-golden natural shade of antiques from the Biedermeier and Art Noveau period, which darkens almost to mahogany red from the effect of sunshine.
The wood type stands out by its striking marking and the quiet, warm play of colours. As this tree is not grown according to forestry, there are repeatedly problems with availability and respective high prices.
The wood is medium heavy and hard, with fine pores and can be very well processed in the best sense of the trade. It warps little in the dried state, reacts however strong to UV-light. Small, fine, bud-like swirls in the middle of the wood are not unusual in this kind of wood.
The wood of the mainly from North America imported cherry trees is processed by us under the trade name „Black cherry“. It is rather similar in structure to our cherry tree but already significantly darker in its natural colour.
|Botanical Name||Prunus avium|
|Surface Variants||transparent lacquered|
|Related Kinds||Sweet cherry, Gean, Heart cherry, Black cherry|
|Distribution||Europe, Turkey, Iraq, Southern India, China, Japan, North Africa, North America|
|Systematology||Deciduous tree, hardwood, fine pores, heartwood tree|
|Types/Variants||Solid Wood Veneered Wood|