cherry wood

Some of our local fruit trees also have very valuable wood ready for us. This also applies to the cherry tree. In this article you will find out in detail what special features cherry wood has and which properties it distinguishes.

Technical values

Measured value description value
Bulk density 0.60-0.63 g / cm³
Medium density 491 kg / m³
Compressive strength 45 - 55 N / mm²
Flexural strength 85-110 N / mm²
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Cherry tree species and DIN designations

Cherry trees are not only found here. They also grow in India, Japan, and North America. For wood, however, this has only a subordinate meaning - a distinction is only made between:

  • European cherry tree
  • American cherry tree
  • Indian cherry tree
Use designation
National designation according to DIN Cherry tree
Abbreviation according to DIN KB
International designations according to DIN EN 13 556 European cherry tree (PRAV; EU), American cherry tree (PRSR; AM) and Indian cherry tree (without abbreviation)



Wood rays are clearly visible in cherry wood, the clearly recognizable longitudinal stripes through the darker latewood is very typical. Rays are very close and very finely executed.


There is a clear color difference between the sapwood and the heartwood. The sapwood is reddish-whitish-gray, while the heartwood is usually a little darker and often has a stronger yellowish tint, and can also have a greenish tinge.


Cherry wood is only moderately hard, but very firm. It has good elastic properties, shrinks only moderately, but must be carefully dried, as it has a tendency to throw. Steaming improves the properties of cherry wood. It's also easy to edit.


Cherry wood is neither weatherproof nor resistant to fungal and insect attack. On the contrary, there is a relatively high susceptibility to pests here.


Cherry wood is mainly used in interior construction for the premium class. Veneers are becoming increasingly widespread today, and handicrafts are also increasingly being made from cherry wood. Cherry wood also has a certain importance in the field of musical instrument making.


The prices for cherry wood correspond to the high quality of the wood and its reputation. For European cherries you need around 1.000 - 1.Calculate 200 EUR per m³, American cherry, on the other hand, is usually around 1.500 - 1.700 EUR per m³. You practically do not find Indian cherry trees in our timber trade.

Here you will find an overview of all types of wood

Tips & Tricks Steamed cherry wood is usually the better choice, as steaming improves the properties.