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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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