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Flowers very different than Wild Cherry. Cream-white, 5 petals, up to 1.5cm.
Very dark red cherries appear on some trees during autumn in the UK.
Deciduous tree. The oval and hairless, pointed leaves have serrated margins. Bird Cherry can be distinguished from Wild Cherry by the fine, sharp serrations on its leaf margins and the 2 nectar glands situated on the leaf stalks at the bases of the leaves.
15 meters tall.
The cherries are edible but very bitter. The stones in the cherries are poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Flowers very fragrant, smelling of almonds.
Black Dogwood, Common Bird Cherry, Eggberry, European Bird Cherry, Hackberry, Hagberry, Heckberry, Hedgeberry, Hog Cherry, Mayday tree.
Gardens, parkland, scrub, woodland.