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Wild Cherry Prunus Avium – white blossom

    Prunus Avium (Wild Cherry) fruits are bright red to dark purple in colour. The white blossom of our native cherries has brightened Britain's hedgerows and woodlands for millennia. The blossom has an unforgettable display in spring. The flowers fragrance and sweet nectar attract insects to the tree to pollinate it. If the bark is damaged, it exudes gum which seals the wound to protect it from infection. The bark is shinning and peels horizontally. The toothed, hairy leaves are up to 5 cm long. The pure white flowers are 2.5cm across, produced in clusters, with five petals. The round, blackish red fruit are either sweet or bitter. Prunus Avium is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 12m high or more. It can take up to 50 years to reach it's full height. It's trunk can be over 75cm in diameter. Pruning of established cherry trees should be done in mid summer. Any unsightly branches growing at odd angles can be pruned out and lower branches taken off altogether to leave a good strong trunk.

Eventual height 10 metres


grow best on chalky loams but will tolerate neutral clays or sand

Key Features

white blossom in April. Leaves turn orange and bright red in autumn

Wild Cherry Prunus Avium - white blossom
Wild Cherry Prunus Avium - white blossom
Wild Cherry Prunus Avium - white blossom
Size (cm)
40 - 60
60 - 90
150 - 180
Price1 - 10
Price11 - 30
Price31 - 150
Price151 - 1000
Price1001+ +
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