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Wild Cherry Prunus avium

Wild Cherry
Wild Cherry (Prunus Avium) Flower ClusterWild Cherry (Prunus avium) Flowers Close UpWild Cherry (Prunus avium) Red Berries Up CloseWild Cherry Flowers on Dark Wood StemsWild Cherry (Prunus avium) Bare root with summer foliage

Wild Cherry Prunus avium

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The eventual height of this tree is up to 20m with a rounded crown of up to 10m but if space permits, this is a great addition to a mixed native hedgeClick here for more information.More Information
  • 12 Month Plant Guarantee
  • Average Growth Rate
  • White Flowers
  • Deciduous
  • Grows to 5m
  • Has Berries
  • Native
  • Planting Conditions: Suitable for normal, clay or chalk soils, full sun to semi shade and inland sites
  • Growth Rate: Average growth, expect 20-40cm per year
  • Height: Easily maintained at 1-4m

Step 1 - Select Root Type:

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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Planting Density
Wild Cherry 30/50cm Cell grown (Pre-order Nov-21)
5 to 7per metre
Wild Cherry Cell grown 30/50cm x 50 (Pre-order Nov-21)
5 to 7per metre
Wild Cherry Cell grown 30/50cm x 100 (Pre-order Nov-21)
5 to 7per metre
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Product Details
Product Details

Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) Hedge Plants Description

Wild Cherry awakens in spring with new leaves and flowers appearing simultaneously. The long-lasting flowers appear from red buds and are held in long drooping clusters, like cotton wool.

The leaves are bright green, oval and tooth-edged. The cherries have less flesh and are more bitter than the cultivated species, but have the same dark red colour from July and will be quickly stripped from the tree by birds. The Autumn colour of the leaves is spectacular. The tree has a neat and tidy shape with a straight trunk (with smooth red brown bark) and a rounded crown.

Wild Cherry is successful in light shade but fruits better in a sunny position and it does well in most soils and situations other than exposed sites (where the flowers would blow off) and waterlogged soils.

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Wild Cherry can be grown as a tree or a hedge. As it is a UK native hedging species it can also be found in our Mixed Native hedging selection. See our full range of Mixed Native Hedging Packs for more information.

Further Information
Further Information

You’ll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long you’re willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.

For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section.

Pruning Advice
Pruning Advice

Wild Cherry is often planted to look natural and not clipped when planted as a hedge or part of a hedgerow as it does not benefit from rigorous pruning which can leave it very susceptible to disease or damage. The ideal time for pruning is after fruiting and preferably when dormant in the winter months, especially if part of a mixed native hedge which would also be trimmed at this time to avoid nesting birds.

Ideally only lightly prune back any dead wood and branches, leaving the healthy stems alone. Over-pruning and cuts to a helathy stem can leave the plant open to infection and encourage diseases such as Silver Leaf, that releases spores over autumn and winter, bacterial canker and blossom wilt to take hold when the plant comes out of dormancy in the spring.

If the plant or tree shows signs of Silver Leaf during the summer months, prune back the affected areas only. It may be that susceptible plants are only pruned in summer rather than winter so as to avoid further re-infection the following winter.

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 Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.)

IDelivery Time - Please note that due to high demand, current delivery is 14-28 days! (Some trees can be 10-14 days delivery as standard - see product pages for info.)

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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.

Hedges Direct 12 Month Plant Guarantee

Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
Please note that our current delivery timescale is 14-28 days

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