Cherry, European

Latin name: Prunus serotina

 

Also known as: European cherry, gean (UK), ceriser (France), kirsche (Germany), kers (Netherlands), wild cherry (UK)


Wood Type:

Hardwood

Durability:

Moderately durable

Treatability:

No information

Moisture Movement:

Medium

Density (mean, Kg/m³):

630

Texture:

Fine

Availability:

Limited availability at specialist timber merchant

Price:

High

Chemical Properties:

Inclined to warp, use in small sections

Use(s):

Furniture

Colour(s):

Pink/pale red (Pinkish brown)

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Environmental

Not listed in CITES. Believed available from well-managed sources. Check certification status with suppliers.

 

Distribution

Europe including the British Isles. It occurs from Scandinavia and south-west Russia southwards, and is found in western Asia and the mountains of North Africa.

 

The tree

Cherry reaches a height of 18m to 24m and a diameter of about 0.75m. It has short, stout branches that take an upward direction.

 

The timber

The heartwood is pale pinkish-brown fairly well defined from the lighter coloured sapwood. The wood has a fairly fine, even texture, and a generally straight gram. It weighs about 630kg/m³ when dried.

 

Drying

Dries fairly well, with a tendency to warp.

 

Strength

A tough timber, its strength properties are similar to those of oak.

 

Working qualities

Good - Works well, but this is dependent on the type of grain present; cross grained material tends to tear, and a cutting angle of 20° is needed, but straight grained material finishes well. It is a good turnery wood, and takes stain and an excellent polish.

Suppliers

Border Hardwood Ltdnavigation-arrow

Wem

Enfield Speciality Doorsnavigation-arrow

Enfield

English Woodlands Timber Ltdnavigation-arrow

Midhurst

International Timbernavigation-arrow

Manchester

James Latham plcnavigation-arrow

Hemel Hempstead

Timbmetnavigation-arrow

Oxford

Vincent Timber Ltdnavigation-arrow

Birmingham

W. L. West & Sons Ltdnavigation-arrow

Petworth

Suppliers

W. L. West & Sons Ltdnavigation-arrow

Petworth

Vincent Timber Ltdnavigation-arrow

Birmingham

Timbmetnavigation-arrow

Oxford

James Latham plcnavigation-arrow

Hemel Hempstead

International Timbernavigation-arrow

Manchester

English Woodlands Timber Ltdnavigation-arrow

Midhurst

Enfield Speciality Doorsnavigation-arrow

Enfield

Border Hardwood Ltdnavigation-arrow

Wem