The ‘cherry on the cake’, this beautiful tree looks striking in every season.
- Average height and spread up to 30 metres by 10 metres
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Leaves: Oval, green and toothed with pointed tips, measuring 6–15cm
- Native to UK: Yes
Did you know?
- Cherry trees support a huge amount of wildlife all year round; Spring flowers, known as blossom, are a good source of nectar for pollinating insects and the ripe red fruits in Autumn are eaten by birds and small mammals. The foliage is the main food plant for caterpillars of many species of moth, including the cherry fruit and cherry bark moths, the orchard ermine, brimstone and short-cloaked moth
- The second part of its botanical name – avium – refers to birds which play a role in the tree’s propagation by eating the cherries and dispersing the seed.