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Prunus avium flowering cherry

Prunus avium
The native 'Gean' or 'Mazzard' cherry, makes an attractive woodland tree.

USDA identification images for Prunus avium

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    United Kingdom

    Origins

    • Species: Prunus avium - Sweet cherry

    Identification

    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Flowering month: April
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - young: Green
    • Flower size: Small
    • Fruit size: Very small
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former) 1993

    Using

    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Wildlife: Attractive to birds
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators
    • Wildlife: Melliferous

    Growing

    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Growth habit: Upright
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Height after 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Attractive features: Scented flowers
    • Soil type: Chalky
    • Soil type: Clay
    • Site conditions: Coastal site
    • Pruning: Light prune
    • Useful for: Open spaces
    • Flowering season: Mid-season
    • Useful for: Street / amenity

    Climate

    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Prunus avium flowering cherry trees for sale:


    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.