A beautiful and hardy native variety, this Bird Cherry produces a mass of brilliant white flowers in spring, followed by bright red edible fruits in summer/autumn.
- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: bright green turning to crimson in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: over 12m (40ft)
- Flowering Period: spring
- Tolerance: exposure tolerant, frost resistant, drought tolerant
- Growing Habit: upright, bushy
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Final Size if Untrimmed: medium sized tree
- Wildlife: attracts bees and other insects.
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 60-80cm (2ft-2'8")
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: all soils
- Moisture: well-drained, moist but well-drained
- Planting Distance: 60cm (2ft)
Bird Cherry can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Cut back plants to 15-30cm (6in-1ft) on planting. In first summer trim side branches lightly to encourage bushing out. In the second year (February to March) cut back growth by half. Throughout the second summer trim side branches to maintain sides that taper towards the top. In the second autumn cut the topmost branch (‘leading shoot’) to the desired hedge height. Trim every June after that.
Maintain at 90-180cm (3-6ft) or as taller hedges or screens