Bird cherry is often found in wet woodland, hedgerows, streams and riverbanks. In the spring it has beautiful cherry blossom flowers that smell like almonds. The flowers turn into reddish-black, bitter cherries that can be used for making liqueur and are a vital source of food for wildlife too.
Estimated full-grown height: Up to 25m
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: Like wild cherry, the spring flowers provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees. The cherries are eaten by birds, including the blackbird and song thrush, as well as mammals such as badger, wood mouse, yellow-necked mouse and dormouse.The foliage is eaten by caterpillars of many moth species, including the orchard ermine, brimstone and short-cloaked moth. However, it is toxic to livestock, particularly goats.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Will grow in a sunny spot and prefers water sources.
UK and Ireland sourced and grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
More information about this tree is available here.