Cherrywood : Meaning & Uses

Tree of the Rosaceae family, the Cherry is the only tree of its family to spread naturally in the forests

Tree of the Rosaceae family, the Cherry is the only tree of its family to spread naturally in the forests

Sometimes referred to as wild cherry or bird cherry, the Cherrywood (Prunus avium) which belongs to the Rosaceae family is a species native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia. This tree specie, whose height can oscillate from 15 to 30 meters, grows on its own in wasteland, where birds easily ensure its propagation.
The why

Why does EcoTree plant Cherrywood trees?

EcoTree plants the Cherrywood tree because it plays an important role for biodiversity in European forest ecosystems: its fruits are consumed by many birds. In addition, it has great biological potential: it enhances the developpment or maintenance of other species. The Cherrywood also has a positive effect on the quality of the humus.


Cherrywood - Botanical description

Originating from the shores of the Caspian Sea, this species spread to Europe in prehistoric times. The Cherrywood, also called wild cherry is a vigorous tree, with a slightly pyramidal shape. Its growth is particularly rapid and it can reach 20 to 25 m in height. Its trunk is straight, with a tendency to rise to seek light, hence its slender appearance. Its bark is rough, shiny and comes off in horizontal strips. Its deciduous leaves , 12 to 13 centimeters in length, are alternate, oval, pendulous, dentate with two glands at the base of the blade.
In April and before the foliage develops, its flowers bloom in white clusters on a long peduncle. Its fruits, the wild cherries, are small red globular drupes which turn black as they ripen. They are edible and are used in the making of kirsch .

Planting & maintenance

Cherrywood - Species requirements

The Cherrywood tree likes deep soils, cool, neutral or a little acidic, although it prefers limestone soils. The soil should be well-drained because it fears stagnant moisture. The Cherrywood tree does not like too dry soils which slows down its growth. In addition, this tree needs a lot of light and a significant rainfall to develop properly.
The Cherrywood is planted in autumn or winter, before the end of February, when the buds start to bud. Very rustic, this species tolerates -30 ° C without damage.


The Cherrywood's wood

Very decorative, the most beautiful variety of this wood is more often used in solid wood in cabinetmaking than in carpentry or carpentry. The Cherrywood's wood , a light pinkish brown to yellowish color, is used in veneer to replace mahogany or other precious woods.
It was very fashionable in the 18th century for the manufacture of desks and cupboards. From the 19th century, armchairs and chairs were made from varnished cherrywood's wood.


The Cherrywood's symbolism

In Japan, the Sakura (cherrywood) flower is a symbol of purity and abundance . At wedding ceremonies, the tea is replaced by an infusion of cherry blossoms. So wish the newlyweds eternal love by offering a cherrywood, symbolism abundance. The tree will carry with it the memory of a wonderful day, its promises and the unity it celebrated. An original wedding gift , it is the material proof of their commitment and expresses fruitfulness: the roots of love take root in the ground while the leaves give birth to small fruits.

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