European Cherry

Prunus avium, Cerasus avium

Trade Names

Cherrytree, Kohl Cherry, European Cherry

Similar Woods

Black Cherry, Grisard, Dutch Elm


Europe and Lower Asia.


The Cherry used and sought for the wood working industry is not cultivated in the garden but is the wild growing tree occurring in forest stands. It grows generally alone in mixed stands. Since its cultivation was neglected by the German forestry industry during many decades of monoculture it occurs in Germany considerably less than in France. This species, however, is very common and wide-spread in the Eastern European countries and since the collapse of their communistic systems, most logs on the market have been bought there.


Excellent and very exclusive veneer wood for the furniture industry and interior fixtures. Popular parquetry wood also held in high esteem in the piano industry.


Warm, reddish orange color and unlike the American Cherry the veneer becomes more and more attractive and warmer in time. Often with slight green streaks. One of the most beautiful known furniture wood species. In the meantime a trade mark as “Kohl Cherry”.


Cherry can be worked very well and is easily planed, molded and turned, achieving very smooth surfaces.


herry can be easily dried, but drying should not be too fast to avoid losses through warping. Heavily twisted logs should be dried separately.


Because of its texture and pores Cherry is excellently suited for polishing. The surface should be given a slight gloss at least.


Glue joints hold well. Screw joints should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting.