Interwood Forest Products

Plum (Prunus, domestica)

Trade Names:  Plumtree

Origin:  Asia Minor

Range:  The Plum Tree came to Central Europe from Asia Minor. In the German states south of the Danube the tree still grows to some extent in closed forests. Only the fruit yielding Plum tree is considered for the production of veneer in Central Europe. Trees having over two meters usable length are found very seldom, therefore no great commercial significance in the veneer industry.

Uses:  It is sliced or rotary cut (depending on diameter), otherwise used for turneries, carvings, for marquetry as well as for small objects. Only used for high quality architectural woodwork in the veneer trade because of its rare occurrence. Used also for restoration work on antiques.

Properties:  The heartwood is red to violet-brown, to some extent with darker lines, which makes it decorative. The tree is very seldom over 30 years old. The wood is dense, hard and difficult to work.

Machining:  It is not easy to work with the wood of Plum tree. Due to strong interlocking grain the risk of the edges splitting is very high. However, cleanly planed surfaces have a beautiful luster.

Seasoning:  The wood must be dried very slowly and carefully to counteract the strong tendency to check and warp. Appropriate air seasoning is to be given preference over kiln drying.

A typical specimen for Plum (Prunus, domestica)