(Bird Cherry) Prunus padus is a small to medium sized, native deciduous tree with drooping clusters of small, fragrant white flowers in spring, followed by pea-sized, bitter black fruit which are popular with birds in summer.
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A small or medium sized, native deciduous tree with drooping clusters of small, fragrant white flowers in spring, followed by pea-sized, bitter black fruit which are popular with birds in summer. The leaves are dark green and oval.
Hardy and generally considered an easy to grow tree, very useful for encouraging wildlife.
- Position: Full sun or partial shade.
- Soil: Any fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Flowering Period: May.
- Flower Colour: White
- Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
- Habit: Small or eventually a medium sized tree with a rounded habit.
- Height: up to 15 m (50 ft)
- Spread: 10 m (32 ft)
- Notes: Prunus are known for their vigorous root systems and should not be planted over drains or close to house foundations.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
- Mature Size
- Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall), Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Special: Windy & Exposed, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Damp / Wet
- Special Features
- Good for Wildlife (Birds), Good for Wildlife (Insects including bees & butterflies), Screening/Hedge, Flowering Season - Spring (March - May)
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