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.
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.