The Wild Cherry/Sweet Cherry Tree

 

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.

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A widefield sample of wild cheery bark. Notice the different cell sizes change over a given area.

The wild cherry is one of two species of cherry that supply the world’s cultivators of edible cherries.

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10x magnified area of the sample. Here complex structures are more visible, giving a more in depth look into the cells.
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Interesting components are sometimes present within the sample. This foreign structure appears to have become part of the sample.
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Different cells make up the sample of the wild cherry tree. Each cell has a given purpose to maintain health and continued growth.

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.

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