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Wild Cherry

Prunus avium

Also known as

Gean, Mazzard, Bird Cherry, Cheshire Merry Tree, Crab Cherry, Hagberry, Merry Tree, Suffolk Merries, Sweet Cherry, Mazzard Cherry, Gean Cherry, Cherry

Prunus avium, blossom, Metylovická pahorkatina 03 by Daniel Baránek (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Fruit are hand-picked when ripe.

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Wild Cherry Overview

Tall and attractive, the Wild Cherry, Prunus avium, is a deciduous tree that speaks to almost all the senses with its fragrant white-pink flowers in spring, its orange, pink & red leaf-jacket in autumn and the small tasteful deep-red fruits that are known across the world. It has culinary & medicinal applications. It is ornamentally cultivated as a flowering tree or grown for the delicious fruit. This tree can survive in a wide range of habitats and is a beautiful addition to an informal garden.

Common problems with Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry Companion Plants

Other Cherry trees will help with better pollination and fruitset.

How to propagate Wild Cherry


Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, winter in a frame. Softwood cuttings from strongly growing plants in spring to early summer in a frame.


Sowing time - Winter. Germination time - Seed needs 3 months of cold to break dormancy period and will sprout in Spring.


They produce quite a lot of suckers and can form thickets, especially if the main trunk is felled.


Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.

Special features of Wild Cherry

Autumn colour

The leaves turn orange, pink or red before falling.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects such as bees during blossom time.

Attracts birds

The fruit are readily eaten by numerous kinds of birds.

Repels harmful insects

The tree exudes a gum from wounds in the bark, by which it seals the wounds to exclude insects and fungal infections.

Attractive flowers

Hedge plant

Other uses of Wild Cherry



Fruit stalks are astringent, diuretic and tonic. A decoction is used in the treatment of cystitis, oedema, bronchial complaints, looseness of the bowels and anaemia, amongst other treatments.


Fruit is eaten fresh, in tarts, as a dessert, frozen, candied, pickled, in sweet & sour dishes or preserved in jams, liqueurs & syrups. Otherwise eaten by birds, animals & various insects.

Pollinator Friendly Plants for Spring

Native spring flowering plants that provide the best habitat, shelter and food for pollinators.

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Poisonous to Pets

If your pet likes to nibble your plants, check our collection to make sure what they're eating isn't doing them any harm.

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