Prunus padus (Bird Cherry)

Bird Cherry


Bareroot from November to April

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Trees & Hedging
You can pre-order these plants from our webshop from 1st June, for delivery mid-November onwards.

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Non-trade pricing

Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
40-60cm 1+0 0.62 0.37 0.33 0.31 0.28
60-80cm 1+0 0.76 0.45 0.40 0.38 0.34
80-100cm 1+1 0.91 0.59 0.53 0.50 0.45

Trade / wholesale enquiries

Discounted trade / wholesale prices are available upon request.
Please contact the office for a quotation or a trade price list.

Minimum order values
Please note that there is a minimum order value of £50.00 + VAT, excluding delivery, for existing customers and £75.00 + VAT, excluding delivery, for new customers. Orders under those values can be placed via Trees & Hedging, our online webshop.


Delivery to UK mainland is included for stock orders over £750 + VAT (subject to postcode surcharges). For full details on delivery, please view our delivery page.


The Bird Cherry is native to Britain, and looks stunning in late spring when it is covered with masses of white fragrant blossom. An important tree for wildlife as well as for its ornamental value, it is sometimes seen in parks and as roadside planting, and is a great addition to woodlands. With fruits which ripen in late summer and good autumn colour, this tree has a long season of interest.

Site and soil

Although it prefers damp soil over limestone, the Bird Cherry is very adaptable and will grow well even in poor soils. Does well at altitudes up to 600m and is very hardy.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 5m x 3m
After 20 years: 7.6m x 4.6m

Leaf and bark

Lanceolate, toothed leaves, sharply pointed at the tip, turn yellow and orange in autumn. Nectar glands on the leaf stem attract insects to the plant. The bark is dark and shiny.

Flower, seed and fruit

The small, five-petalled white flowers with their yellow stamens are arranged in large racemes on the branches in great profusion. Upright at first, they quickly droop downwards; they are strongly almond-scented. The flowers are followed by small spherical red fruits, which ripen to black in August.


Woodland, specimen tree, roadside planting.


The Bird Cherry is an important tree for wildlife, with over 30 species of insect feeding on its leaves and flowers. Bees, butterflies, beetles, and in Scotland the endangered Aspen hoverfly, feed on the pollen, and a number of moth larvae feed on the leaves. Birds, including Redwing, Fieldfares, Blackbirds and Robins feast on the fruits in late summer, and small mammals eat the fruits which have fallen to the ground.


The Bird Cherry is not normally pruned.