Bird Cherry Hedging Plants Description
Bird Cherry, (Prunus padus) is a deciduous, native hedge plant, which is also commonly grown as a tree. Interestingly, 'padus' is actually Greek for 'wild cherry', however Wild Cherry (Prunus avium), is a separate species of native cherry altogether.
In late spring, Bird Cherry is awash with white, almond-scented flowers carried on short spikes (racemes). The sweet, nectar-rich flowers are very popular with bees who are drawn to them for an early supply of food and pollen. After flowering, bitter dark fruits develop which are loved by birds and small mammals but are not edible for humans. The foliage also provides food for a range of insects, particularly the caterpillars of many species of moth, but is considered toxic to livestock.
Bird Cherry has an average growth rate of 20-40cm per year and is easily maintained between 1-4m. It requires little by way of trimming and maintenance as it is best when left to grow and develop naturally. If some tidying and trimming of your Bird Cherry hedge is needed, prune lightly in the summer months after flowering and fruiting, as pruning in winter can leave the plant open disease.
Prunus padus is most commonly used as a component in a mixed native hedge although it also makes an attractive stand-alone hedge. It grows well in most soils, even fairly poor or wet soils, often being found naturally in wetland areas or by rivers and streams. Bird Cherry isn't suitable for coastal areas or very exposed sites - although it is considered hardier than Wild Cherry, and it isn't suited to full shade.
For the perfect plants to complement Bird Cherry to form a mixed native hedgerow, view our fantastic Native Hedging range.
If you would like to explore other species possibilities for your hedge but need some guidance, then you'll find a comprehensive selection of alternatives and suggestions for your garden on our Choosing the Right Species page.
Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
Bird Cherry on the whole is usually grown for a more natural aesthetic and is often left to grow without intervention. However, dependant upon where the hedge is situated, if a tidy-up is needed, a light pruning can be done in the summer after flowering and fruiting has finished, to remove any dead, broken, crossing or diseased branches.
Pruning Bird Chery at the wrong time of year, particularly in the winter months can potentially be detrimental to the plant, leaving it open to diseases such as Silver Leaf and bacterial canker. To ensure the health of your Bird Cherry hedge, take care to prune only if needed and ideally in summer.
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