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Prunus avium
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Prunus avium

Wild Cherry/Gean/Mazzard

Description: One of the most attractive of our native woodland trees. A medium-large tree with smooth, grey bark, turning mahogany-red, peeling and deeply fissured with age. The white cup shaped flowers are borne in clusters with the leaves in late April.

It is the parent of most fruiting sweet cherries and in some years will produce a good crop of fruit itself. They have less flesh and are bitterer than the cultivated species, but have the same dark red colour from July and will be quickly stripped from the tree by birds.

Prunus Growing Tips: Best grown in well-drained soil, in full sun to achieve the best autumn colour. Will tolerate most soil types including chalk, and clay.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 5m x 3m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Foliage
Text Traditional

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Open space planting Open space planting
Flowering month - April Flowering month - April
Scented flowers Scented flowers
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Tolerates coastal site Tolerates coastal site
Shade tolerant Shade tolerant
Suitable for hedging Suitable for hedging
Replacement prune Replacement prune