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Bird Cherry Hedge Prunus padus

Bird Cherry
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Bird Cherry Hedge Prunus padus

From: 1.49
Bird Cherry, (Prunus padus), is a popular native hedge plant commonly used in mixed native hedgerows. It also makes an attractive single species hedge or specimen tree. In April, Bird Cherry overflows with sweetly-fragrant, star-shaped white flowers borne on short racemes. The flowers are followed by small, bitter fruits, much relished by local wildlife. Bird Cherrys foliage then turns golden-yellow in autumn for additional seasonal interest.Click here for more information.More Information
  • 12 Month Plant Guarantee
  • Average Growth Rate
  • Blue Flowers
  • Deciduous
  • Grows to 5m
  • Has Berries
  • Native
  • Planting Conditions: normal soil, partial shade to full sun, sheltered, inland
  • Growth Rate: Average | 20-40cm a year
  • Height: 1m-4m high
  • Bare root plants are shown in winter dormancy as a single bare root and a bundle for comparison. Please note if ordering 1 x bare root, this will be a single plant not a bundle unless shown as a multibuy item.

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Bare Root

Bare Root

Pot Grown

Pot Grown

Root Ball

Root Ball

Instant Hedging

Instant Hedging

Step 2 - Select Size & Quantity:

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Height
cm
Price
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Planting Density
Quantity
Bird Cherry 40/60cm bare root
1.49
5 to 7per metre
Bird Cherry 60/90cm bare root
1.99
5 to 7per metre
Bird Cherry 90/120cm bare root
3.59
3 to 7per metre
Bird Cherry 120/150cm bare root
4.99
Large Box - Min order 120 for free delivery
3 to 5per metre
Bird Cherry 150/200cm bare root
7.99
Large Box - Min order 120 for free delivery
3 to 5per metre
Bird Cherry 30/50cm Cell grown
1.99
5 to 7per metre
Bird Cherry Cell grown 30/50cm x 50
99.4994.99
5 to 7per metre
Bird Cherry Cell grown 30/50cm x 100
198.99189.49
5 to 7per metre
Bird Cherry 40/60cm 2L pot
6.99
3 to 5per metre
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Product Details
Product Details

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.

Further Information
Further Information

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.

Pruning Advice
Pruning Advice

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.

Delivery & Returns
Delivery & Returns

Free delivery is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:

Packaging TypeStandard Delivery ChargeMinimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery
Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)18 delivery charge (orders up to 120 incl VAT)Orders of 120 and over - FREE
Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)60 delivery charge (orders up to 240 incl VAT)Orders of 240 and over - FREE

There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern and Southern Ireland.)

It's Quick! - Please note current delivery is 3 - 7 working days! (Some trees can be 7-10 days as standard - see product pages for info.)

Next Day Delivery is Available - We can offer next day delivery on eligible species and sizes for an additional £12 incl VAT. Call 01257 263 873 to find out if your order is eligible.

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* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after any discounts have been applied.

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Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
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