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
    ID guidance

    Flowers in long racemes, either pendent or erect. Deciduous

    Recording advice

    Photograph of flowers


    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.

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