About This Plant

Bird cherry, or Prunus padus, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and Asia. It’s prized for its fragrant white springtime blossoms and small, bitter black fruit. While not typically consumed by humans, it serves as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks and provides essential food for various bird species. Bird cherry’s adaptability and hardiness make it a versatile addition to different environments.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are oval-shaped with serrated edges and have a dark green colour. They turn yellow in the autumn before dropping.

Produce

Bird cherry produces fragrant, small, white flowers arranged in elongated clusters, known as racemes. The tree typically blooms in late spring to early summer. The tree produces small, dark red to black berries, which are about 5-10 millimetres in diameter. While the berries are technically edible, they are often quite bitter and are not commonly consumed by humans. Birds, however, are attracted to them, hence the name “bird cherry.”
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