Wild Cherry - Prunus avium

    Alternative names

    Tree from 10 to 25 metres; bark reddish brown, peeling in thin strips and paper like. Leaves oblong, toothed, dull green above, often reddish beneath. Flowers white, 15 to 25 mm in clusters of 2 to 6, borne with the leaves. Fruit rounded and fleshy, usually dark red 9 to 12 mm.

    Similar Species

    Some ornamental cherries in parks and gardens have similar flowers and bark

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Flowers white, in clusters.  Pink-flowered cherries are planted hybrids, cultivars or non-native species

    Recording advice

    Photograph of flowers


    Woods, hedgerows and close to habitation.

    When to see it

    April and May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in England and Wales, scarcer in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 123 of the 617 tetrads.

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