What is cherry wood

Cherry wood

Technical values

Measured value descriptionvalue
Bulk density0.60-0.63 g / cm³
Medium density491 kg / m³
Compressive strength45 - 55 N / mm²
Flexural strength85-110 N / mm²

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
National designation according to DINCherry tree
Abbreviation according to DINKB
International designations according to DIN EN 13 556European 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 dense 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.


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 have to calculate around EUR 1,000 - 1,200 per m³ as sawn timber, while American cherries are usually around EUR 1,500 - 1,700 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

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