Trade name: Plum
Country of origin: Asia Minor
Occurrence: Came to Central Europe from Asia Minor. In countries south of the Danube, the tree sometimes still grows in closed forests. In Central Europe, in principle, only fruit plums are used for veneer production. The trees are rarely usable over two meters, therefore no great economic importance in the veneer industry.
Uses: decorative furniture, woodturning, carving. Is sliced or peeled (diameter), otherwise woodturning, carving, inlays and small utility items. In veneer only in high-end interior finishing due to its rarity. Also used for restoration purposes in antiques.
Character: Plum is a vivid reddish-brown wood at its core, with violet veins running through it. This distinct tinge of purple makes this type of wood appear particularly decorative and elegant. Due to its high hardness and fine uniform wood structure, plum wood has a beautiful smooth and shiny surface. The narrow sapwood portion stands out clearly from the heartwood with its yellow to light reddish coloration. UV protective varnishes are required to preserve the beautiful coloration. Unfortunately, only small veneer areas can be produced due to small dimensions.
Special features: The coloration of plum wood can range from reddish to purple. This is due to a dye produced by the tree to protect it from pests. Not because of its beautiful color, but because of its structure and hardness, plum wood is used for inlays and instrument making.