Also known as
Black Dogwood, Common Bird Cherry, Eggberry, Hackberry, Hagberry, Hedgeberry, Hog Cherry, European Bird Cherry, Mayday Tree
Image-Bird cherry blossom (Prunus padus in Finnish tuomi) by Pöllö (CC BY 3.0)
50 years to reach maturity
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Bird Cherry Overview
Prunus padus is commonly known by the names Bird Cherry, Black Dogwood, Hackberry and Mayday tree, amongst others. It originates from northern Europe and northern Asia. Bird Cherry is a deciduous tree species from the Rosaceae family. Grown for the attractive autumn colouration, and scented white blooms. Leaves are oval and finely toothed, turning yellow in the autumn. The 5-petalled, white flowers measure around 1cm across, appearing from late spring in clusters. Leading onto small, black fruits with a bitter taste. Grow in full sun, in moist, well-draining soil. Prunus padus is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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