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Prunus avium | Wild Cherry Hedging

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A hardy cherry variety producing abundant white blossoms followed by glossy red berries

Also known as 'Wild Cherry' or 'Bird Cherry' (and even Sweet Cherry!), Prunus avium is as beautiful as it is hardy. It produces masses of brilliant white blossoms in spring, followed by edible, glossy red fruits in the summer/autumn.

  • Supplied As:  Bare root
  • Height on Arrival:  50 - 80cm
  • Features:  White blossom, red glossy berries, exposure tolerant, frost resistant, drought tolerant
  • Habit:  Upright, bushy
  • Deciduous?:  Yes

Your hedging plant will be sent directly from our trusted grower. This means that you'll receive a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day, and at your door the following. Our expert nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering, feeding, and pruning shrubs and trees, and will do so until hours before they are packed.

Prunus avium is a wonderful cherry to grow that will flourish in our climate. Below we address its care needs:

  • Your Prunus avium will thrive in full sun in most soil types (as long as they are well-drained).
  • When planting, we recommend that you leave 60cm apart between each plant.
  • 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 free of weeds.
  • Cut back plants to 15 - 30cm (6in - 1ft) when planting. In your plants first summer, trim the side branches lightly to encourage bushing out. In the second year, (between February and March) cut back growth by one 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. You can maintain your plant at 90 - 180cm (3 - 6ft) or as taller hedges or screens.

Please note, as part of protecting our treasured wildlife, always check for birds nests and other animals that may be in your hedge before you prune.

The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.

Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

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Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No