Prunus avium, commonly known as the wild cherry or sweet cherry, is a species of cherry tree native to regions within Europe, Anatolia, Maghreb, and western Asia. The species is widely cultivated, and has become naturalized in both North America and Australia.
The wild cherry is one of two species of cherry that supply the world’s cultivators of edible cherries.
The tree is also cultivated as timber, and is a highly valued hardwood that is used for woodturning, to create furniture cabinets and musical instruments. The wood is also used for the smoking of meats in North America, giving a distinctly pleasant flavor to both pork and poultry.