A old wild cornelian cherry in the picture. Before it is all started, I had to find cornelian cherrys. There were only old stories. Legends, no internet and only vague ideas. I asked people who knew something. This odyssey lasted about two years.
The very first encounter was a shock. Hardly a branch was longer than a meter long. The longer branches had grown like an letter S. These were stretched in ladders and straight just dried. Because of the enormous restoring force, these branches were never allowed to get wet.
The better alternatives are plantation owners, they offer trunks that have just grown. In all sizes. Or you plant a few seedlings yourself. But they have to have time. The wood grows very slowly. Where a pine measures 30 centimeters in diameter, there is next to it is a cornelian cherry that is diameter 30 mm.