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Prunus avium

  • Prunus avium blossom

The native English wild cherry, Prunus avium, has been planted in native woodlands for many years. It is also known as the "Gean" or "Mazzard" cherry.

Although usually grown for its blossom and aesthetic appeal, the wild cherry will often produce a crop of sweet cherries of average flavour, which are useful for feeding local wildlife.

Prunus avium flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £45.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)

History

Prunus avium is the ancestor of nearly all mainstream dessert cherries. This explains why dessert cherry varieties invariably have plain white single-flower blossom.

Prunus avium characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersScented flowers
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering season:Mid-season
    • Flowering month:April
    • Flower form:Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Multiple tints
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Red - dark
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Site conditions:Coastal site
  • Identification

    • Fruit size:Very small
    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Plena
    Prunus avium
    Plena
    A form of the native English wild cherry, featuring which has double white flowers rather than single flowers.
  • See also Schmittii
    Prunus avium x Prunus canascens
    Schmittii
    A flowering cherry which is useful for public spaces on account of its conical form and attractive bark.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Prunus Avium Plena tree

More images

  • An old Mazzard cherry tree


How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.