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Bird Cherry

Prunus padus

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers very different than Wild Cherry. Cream-white, 5 petals, up to 1.5cm.
Fruit:
Very dark red cherries appear on some trees during autumn in the UK.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
15 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Aroma:
Flowers very fragrant, smelling of almonds.
Other Names:
Black Dogwood, Common Bird Cherry, Eggberry, European Bird Cherry, Hackberry, Hagberry, Heckberry, Hedgeberry, Hog Cherry, Mayday tree.
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland, scrub, woodland.