Bird Cherry

Prunus padus


Bird Cherry, Prunus padus, is a small tree found naturally in the north, with pretty white flowers and bittersweet edible cherries which birds and small mammals crop. It's a very hardy tree that helpfully, unlike the Wild Cherry, does not sucker, so is often found on its own. Bird Cherries are small deciduous trees, with beautiful blossom in the spring and colour in the autumn. Its ornamental, compact form and all year round interest makes Prunus padus a useful garden tree. 

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After 10 yrs

Height: 8m
Width: 4m

At Maturity

Height: 20m
Width: 8m

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Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)

Bird Cherry, Prunus padus, is a small tree found naturally in the north of the UK. It's associated with upland areas, and is often found next to streams across northern and central Europe. 

It's also known as "Hackberry". It has pretty white flowers and bittersweet edible cherries, or "hags", which birds and small mammals eat. I'm not sure why you might want to, but don't eat the stones, as apparently they're slightly toxic. The hags do make a decent brandy, however. Prunus padus also provides finely textured wood for furniture making, and in the past its acrid smelling bark was used to ward off the plague. Or not. 

Provenance certificates are available on request for the smaller size Bird Cherry trees, which are from the Southwest of England.
Smaller Sizes Supplier: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
Standards Supplier: R.V.Roger

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Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting.

These Bird Cherry trees are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Bird Cherries between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.