Bird Cherry - Prunus padus

Description

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.

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Habitat

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

When to see it

May to June.

Life History

Deciduous.

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

UK Map