A tree highly associated with Japanese spirit and culture. The durable and easy to process wood is excellent with the outstanding elegance of a delicate texture.
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Prunus of the family Rosaceae with diffuse-porous wood.
This wood has excellent in processing and coloring. Dense wood surface becomes glossy when polished. The easy-handling wood rarely gets warp or deformation, and has toughness with viscoelasticity. The wood is typically used as a material for high-end furniture, musical instruments, buildings, finish carpentry, and wood carvings.
In Japan, sakura is the most popular smoking chips with strong scent.
- Various usages
Yamazakura (wild cherry) is a typical wood material of the relatively hard, diffuse-porous wood. The wood was once used in a wide range of areas from machine parts, building materials, to musical instruments. (Today, birches are commonly used as an alternative to sakura, since the stock of sakura became very low.)
- Machine parts
- Building materials
- Elegant color and smoothness
The texture is dense and smooth. The wood surface can be finished beautifully as it becomes glossy when polished. Wardrobe made of sakura wood are regarded as high-class furniture.
- High-end furniture
- Musical instruments
- Edges rarely chip
The wood is reasonably hard and viscoelastic, yet easily cut/processed, while edges of the carved (shaved) parts do not get chipped. Therefore, the wood has been traditionally used for printing blocks and molds for Japanese confectioneries. Printing blocks for ukiyo-e wood printing have always been Yamazakura wood since the Edo period.
- Carving wood
- Wooden molds for Japanese confectioneries
- Printing blocks for ukiyo-e wood printing and books in the Edo period