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Plum Tree

lat. Prunus domestica

Plum Tree

Plum Tree (Prunus domestica) ©Fir0002

The plum tree (Prunus domestica) rarely grows higher than 20 to 30 feet and is cultivated throughout the central and southern Europe for its delicious fruits.
The wood is hard, dense, and somewhat brittle. The heartwood is pale to reddish brown, the sapwood is light yellow. Drying it is rather complicated and it has a tendency to crack, helped on by its frequently gnarled growth patterns. Once a usable amount manages to survive the drying process, it is a preferred choice for woodwind instruments (my bag pipe is made of it), but it also used in bow making, knife handles, and keg taps.


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