Prunus padus or Bird Cherry as it is commonly known, is a popular addition to a mixed native hedge. However Bird Cherry hedge plants are also great for a stand-alone hedge or when grown as a hedgerow tree. Prunus padus boasts racemes of almond scented flowers in spring, followed by black cherries in autumn. The bitter fruits are a favourite with birds who will strip them from the branches in no time!
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For maximum fruit production, it is best to plant Bird Cherry in full sun in a well-drained, normal soil. We do however recommend avoiding exposed or coastal sites. Prunus padus also provides warm autumn colour, when the green foliage turns a golden yellow.
Prunus padus provides a splash of colour in autumn and spring so it’s ideal for adding seasonal interest to a native hedgerow.
We advise combining Bird Cherry with other native hedge plants to create a dense and diverse hedge.
With an average growth rate, Bird Cherry will achieve 20-40cm a year and is perfect for hedging of 1-4m.
When planted properly, bird cherry Prunus padus like most hedges, need little attention - view our hedge planting advice here. Prunus padus does not require a lot of attention. Any pruning should take place in winter.
For information on planting density requirements for bird cherry, please see the product table above. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.
Our Bird Cherry Hedging plants are available year round as Cell Grown Hedging Plants. Or, from November - late April/early May Prunus padus can be purchased as Bare Roots.
On the whole, our Bird Cherry Hedging Plants are UK grown by our hands-on experts whose experience of nursery growing is second to none. Occasionally, we source Prunus padus hedging plants from outside of the UK. In this instance we strive to guarantee our suppliers are unbeaten on quality. At Best4hedging we endeavour to make certain that your bird cherry hedging plants reach you in the freshest condition and that they are of the highest standard hedging plants, whilst protecting our superb prices. Rest assured, you can buy bird cherry hedging plants online with complete confidence.