Cherrywood : Meaning & Uses

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

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

Prunus avium is also called bird cherry , because its red fruits, which turn black when ripe - the cherries - are the feast of the birds, which disperse the seeds. It is native to Europe, West Asia and North Africa. Yet sometimes it is called cherry wood or wild cherry .
It was already present in Europe during the Neolithic period, as evidenced by archaeological discoveries. The flesh of the fruit is sweet but can be bitter. However, wild cherries were harvested in the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Central Europe. From the 4th century BC, the cherry tree was cultivated for its fruit. These are still used today in the manufacture of kirsch. In addition, its flowers are honey-bearing.

The why

Why does EcoTree plant Cherrywood trees?

EcoTree plant of cherry trees because their role is important for the biodiversity of European forest ecosystems: its fruits nourish many birds and their flowers offer pollen and nectar to the bee in April and May. Because of its great biological potential, the cherry tree enhances the establishment or maintenance of other species. Finally, it contributes to the enrichment of humus .

Description

Cherrywood - Botanical description

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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 .

Description

Cherrywood - Botanical description

EcoTree

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

Birch will give its best, planted in deep, well-structured soils with basic to slightly acidic pH, and with good water retention. The cherry tree needs more than 700 mm of water well distributed throughout the year. It is resistant to extreme cold (down to - 30 ° C), which explains why it is found in low mountains and in lowland forests. On the other hand, he does not like sudden changes in temperature or sunburn. Birch is not a pioneer species. Scattered or in clumps, it well with oak , ash and charm or hazelnut.

It is planted in autumn or winter, before the end of February, when the buds begin to bud.

Wood

The Cherrywood's wood

The wood of birch has long been popular, due to its fine grain, beautifully colored, ranging from pinkish yellow to pinkish brown. He made the heyday of the cabinetmakers . In the last century, cherry wood furniture was very popular, but it gradually went out of fashion.

Cherry wood, however, retains the qualities that have long been appreciated. Easy to work with, it polishes and curves well. In the past it was used for making stair railings, pipe stoves, barrel rings, ladder posts and staves for white alcohol.

This species has also been the subject of selection work in order to obtain the Guigniers and Bigarreautier that gardeners cultivate.

Symbol

The Cherrywood's symbolism

In Japan, the Sakura flower (cherry tree) 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 them a cherry tree, a symbol of abundance and the purity of their feelings.

The tree will carry with it the memory of a wonderful day, its promises and the unity it celebrated. As an original wedding gift, it is the material proof of commitment and expresses fertility: the roots of love sink into the ground while the leaves give birth to pretty fruits.

Are you looking for an original gift , ecological and sustainable? Give a cherry tree to celebrate love !

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