How to propagate Wild Cherry
Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, winter in a frame. Softwood cuttings from strongly growing plants in spring to early summer in a frame.
Sowing time - Winter. Germination time - Seed needs 3 months of cold to break dormancy period and will sprout in Spring.
They produce quite a lot of suckers and can form thickets, especially if the main trunk is felled.
Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.
Special features of Wild Cherry
The leaves turn orange, pink or red before falling.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees during blossom time.
The fruit are readily eaten by numerous kinds of birds.
Repels harmful insects
The tree exudes a gum from wounds in the bark, by which it seals the wounds to exclude insects and fungal infections.
Other uses of Wild Cherry
Fruit stalks are astringent, diuretic and tonic. A decoction is used in the treatment of cystitis, oedema, bronchial complaints, looseness of the bowels and anaemia, amongst other treatments.
Fruit is eaten fresh, in tarts, as a dessert, frozen, candied, pickled, in sweet & sour dishes or preserved in jams, liqueurs & syrups. Otherwise eaten by birds, animals & various insects.