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Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)        NATIVE

 

Ranges in height from 3 to 15m.

The oval leaf is quite leathery and 6-10cm long and the beautifully scented flowers appear in may and june.

The fruits, red at first, becoming darker purple through August are edible but quite bitter in taste. They are readily

eaten by birds, who help to disperse the seed.

Bird cherry prefers damper areas, often near watercourses.

The red wood, is easily worked, fine grained and can be highly polished.