Bird Cherry - Prunus padus


Tree or shrub to 17 metres, bark foetid, brown and peeling. Leaves elliptical, pointed and toothed. Flowers white, 10 to 16 mm, in long slender pendent racemes, heavily scented. Fruit small, shiny, black 6 to 8 mm, globose and bitter tasting.

Identification difficulty
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Flowers in long racemes, either pendent or erect. Deciduous

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Many trees are naturalised from planting, or garden escapes, usually seen on roadside verges.

When to see it

May to June.

Life History


UK Status

Occasional throughout Britain, but rare in the south of England.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Bird Cherry
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
05/05/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
02/07/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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