Although the cultivated varieties did not exist in much of Europe, the sort in its wild state is native to most of Europe. It seems cherry is the most common form of wild fruit. Modern cultivated cherries differ from wild ones in having a bit larger fruit.
Wood is hard and in some countries used for smoking food, particularly meats. It is valued for making furniture, cabinets and music instruments. Also called European cherry it differs from Black cherry that can be found in North America. European cherry wood characteristics are a bit more color contrast.
Plus the fact it is is slightly denser and stronger, harder and more resilient. On the other hand, the tree doesn’t grow as large as the Black one. So, although available commercially, it is hard to find larger sizes of lumber as with American species.