The Plum tree is cul­ti­vat­ed in Switzer­land for its fruit. It is a pre­cious wood and espe­cial­ly suit­able for wood turn­ing. It has a very dec­o­ra­tive sur­face with a red to vio­let brown col­or and a very fine grain. The struc­ture of plum wood is char­ac­terised by fine stripes or flames and can turn into a very live­ly dark pur­ple. A spe­cial fea­ture is an occa­sion­al intense vio­let tint, which grad­u­al­ly fades over­time. The annu­al rings vary in width and are clear­ly vis­i­ble in the wood. Plum wood is hard, firm, brit­tle and is known to shrink. It is also very fine­ly-pored and has a shiny surface.