Prunus avium

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Flower colour: White
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright

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

Prunus avium trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
2-year Prunus avium tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£45.95
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What will it look like?

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

Prunus Avium Plena tree


Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Prunus avium characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Site conditions: Coastal site
  • Useful for: Open spaces Street / amenity
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Fruit size: Very small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

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.

More images

  • An old Mazzard cherry tree

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We have a very wide range of flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.