Bird Cherry
(Prunus padus)

Bird Cherry, also known as 'Prunus padus,' is a popular hedging plant, most used as part of a mixed native hedge. Its delicate, white, star-shaped flowers are sweetly scented, and are followed with little, bitter fruits that are embraced by wildlife. Find out more

You can use Bird Cherry either as a single specimen, or as a tree, making this species the ideal plant for any sort of occasion! It will provide you with year-round colour and interest, too, with its colourful and interesting green and white shades during Spring/Summer, following with golden-yellow foliage in Autumn.

Prunus padus has an average growth rate of 20-40cm per year and will reach an ultimate height of 4m.

  • Growth rate: Average (20-40cm per year)
  • Ideal height: 4m+ Tall
  • Soil type: Normal
  • Exposure: Sheltered, inland
  • Aspect: Full sun, semi-shade
  • Evergreen foliage? No

Most gardeners like to leave Bird Cherry to grow naturally and develop on its own accord. However, if a bit of neatening up is needed, you can carry out a light prune during Summer- only after flowering and fruiting has finished- just to remove broken/dead/diseased/crossing branches.

Please note that you cannot prune at the wrong time of the year as it leads to the plant being open to disease- i.e., Bacterial Canker, and Silver Leaf.

When should I plant Bird Cherry hedging?̴Ì?

The best time to plant Bird Cherry plants is either at the beginning of spring or end of autumn, when the weather is cool and the soil is slightly moist.

How far apart should I plant Bird Cherry plants?

We recommend planting around 5 bare root plants per metre (20cm spacing). For pot grown specimens, 3 plants per metre is recommended (about a 30cm gap).

How to plant Bird Cherry:

The trick to planting any bare root plant is to ensure the roots are moist before going in the ground. With pot grown plants, it is not necessary to soak the root mass before planting, but a good watering is always recommended.

You should begin the process by dunking your bare roots in a bucket of water for at least 2 hours before planting (for pot grown, just skip this step). If you do not have a bucket to hand or have too many plants to put into buckets, you can also spray the roots using a garden hose/watering can.

Meanwhile, whilst the roots are soaking, you need to ensure you dig the trench/individual holes (if you haven't already). The hole should be at least twice the width of the plant's root ball/rot mass, but about the same depth. It is important to ensure that any weeds, grass, or other debris is removed from the planting are as you go along, too.

Following this, place the soaked roots (or remove the plant from its pot), and place into the hole(s). Ensure the stem is the same depth as it was in the ground/pot - the base of the stem should be around ground level. Fill back up with the excess soil, and pat down as you go along to secure the plant. We do also recommend watering the soil halfway through.

Once this is complete, water the plant very well and continue to regularly water for the next 1-2 years after planting (around 2-3 times per week, or more so during warmer weather).

Berries

Berries

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Tall

White Flower

White Flower

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  • 40/60cm
    40/60cm 5-7 per m
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    £37.50
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  • 60/90cm
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    £48.00
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    £65.70
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    £2.16
    £21.60
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  • 40/60cm x 100
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    £120.00
    £120.00
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    £255.00
    £255.00
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  • 90/120cm x 250
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    £570.00
    £570.00
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Bird Cherry, also known as 'Prunus padus,' is a popular hedging plant, most used as part of a mixed native hedge. Its delicate, white, star-shaped flowers are sweetly scented, and are followed with little, bitter fruits that are embraced by wildlife. Find out more

You can use Bird Cherry either as a single specimen, or as a tree, making this species the ideal plant for any sort of occasion! It will provide you with year-round colour and interest, too, with its colourful and interesting green and white shades during Spring/Summer, following with golden-yellow foliage in Autumn.

Prunus padus has an average growth rate of 20-40cm per year and will reach an ultimate height of 4m.

  • Growth rate: Average (20-40cm per year)
  • Ideal height: 4m+ Tall
  • Soil type: Normal
  • Exposure: Sheltered, inland
  • Aspect: Full sun, semi-shade
  • Evergreen foliage? No

Most gardeners like to leave Bird Cherry to grow naturally and develop on its own accord. However, if a bit of neatening up is needed, you can carry out a light prune during Summer- only after flowering and fruiting has finished- just to remove broken/dead/diseased/crossing branches.

Please note that you cannot prune at the wrong time of the year as it leads to the plant being open to disease- i.e., Bacterial Canker, and Silver Leaf.

When should I plant Bird Cherry hedging?̴Ì?

The best time to plant Bird Cherry plants is either at the beginning of spring or end of autumn, when the weather is cool and the soil is slightly moist.

How far apart should I plant Bird Cherry plants?

We recommend planting around 5 bare root plants per metre (20cm spacing). For pot grown specimens, 3 plants per metre is recommended (about a 30cm gap).

How to plant Bird Cherry:

The trick to planting any bare root plant is to ensure the roots are moist before going in the ground. With pot grown plants, it is not necessary to soak the root mass before planting, but a good watering is always recommended.

You should begin the process by dunking your bare roots in a bucket of water for at least 2 hours before planting (for pot grown, just skip this step). If you do not have a bucket to hand or have too many plants to put into buckets, you can also spray the roots using a garden hose/watering can.

Meanwhile, whilst the roots are soaking, you need to ensure you dig the trench/individual holes (if you haven't already). The hole should be at least twice the width of the plant's root ball/rot mass, but about the same depth. It is important to ensure that any weeds, grass, or other debris is removed from the planting are as you go along, too.

Following this, place the soaked roots (or remove the plant from its pot), and place into the hole(s). Ensure the stem is the same depth as it was in the ground/pot - the base of the stem should be around ground level. Fill back up with the excess soil, and pat down as you go along to secure the plant. We do also recommend watering the soil halfway through.

Once this is complete, water the plant very well and continue to regularly water for the next 1-2 years after planting (around 2-3 times per week, or more so during warmer weather).

Root Types Summary

  • Bare Root
    Bare Root

    Field grown, bare roots are young plants that are only planted when they are dormant, from autumn to spring. We lift bare root plants and despatch them during the season but they can be pre-ordered in summer. As they are cheaper to grow, they are one of our most affordable hedge planting options.

  • Pot Grown
    Pot Grown

    Pot grown plants can be planted year round and make a convenient option. They come in a wide range of sizes, from 10cm to 2.5m so they're suitable for the majority of planting requirements.

  • Root Ball
    Root Ball

    Also field grown, root ball plants are scooped out of the ground using machinery to keep their root system intact and wrapped in bio-degradable, hessian sacks. They are mature plants that provide dense coverage very early on, ideal for when you need a thick hedge quickly.

  • Instant Hedging
    Instant Hedging

    Grown in troughs or bags that measure 50cm-1 metre in length and carefully clipped during the growing season. Our instant hegding troughs create a dramatic, instant hedge effect.

  • Bare Root Discount Deals
    Bare Root Discount Deals

    Our bare root discount deals include bundles of 50, 100, and 250 plants. The bigger the bundle, the higher the discount.

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