Wild Cherry

Prunus avium


Wild Cherry is a small tree of woodland edges and hedgerows, and is also frequently planted. White flowers appear early in spring and ripen to red fruits in summer - cherries! These are loved by birds, but are also used for cherry brandy. The timber of Wild Cherry is highly prized for furniture-making and wood-turning due to its rich red-brown colour.

How to identify

Wild Cherry is recognisable by its mass of white flowers during the spring and red cherries during the autumn, its oval leaves and its red, papery bark which peels in horizontal bands.

Where to find it



When to find it

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How can people help

Our native tree species, such as Wild Cherry, provide important links in the food chain for many animals, as well as areas for shelter and nesting. Try planting native species in your garden and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Wild Cherry
Latin name
Prunus avium
Trees and shrubs
Height: 18-25m
Conservation status