Prunus avium | Wild Cherry | Crann silíní fiáin
Flowers: April – May; white flowers, sepals strongly bent backwards.
Fruit: Dark red cherry, edible but bitter
Twigs & bark: Twigs red/brown upper surface, pale underneath; bark dark grey/pink, shining
Woods and hedges especially on fertile, lime-rich soils
Occasional, especially in the eastern half, widely planted
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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Although native, it is commonly planted throughout the country. The fruits are dark red and bitter but Prunus avium is the cherry species from which most of our sweet cherry tree cultivars are derived.
Like most cherries, the fruits are favoured by the blackbird and thrush