Wild cherry is possibly the most attractive of our native trees. It has beautiful clouds of blossom in spring and its bright summer fruits bring a splash of vivid colour. Its warm autumn leaves fade to a deep crimson, giving your garden a warm glow.
Estimate full grown height: 18 - 25 metres, growing an estimated 20-40cm each year.
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: Wild cherry makes a wonderful addition to any wildlife garden, the avium in the scientific name refers to birds which eat the cherries as soon as they are ripe. The spring blossom also provides an early source of nectar and pollen which attracts a whole range of insects.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows best in full sunlight and fertile soil. It won’t tolerate waterlogged soil. Strong winds can quickly destroy showy spring blossom, so consider planting in a sheltered location.
UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK 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.
Learn more about this species on our wild cherry profile.