Wet Soil: Low
Dry Soil: Medium
For thousands of years, the radiant, pure white blossoms of this native cherry have brought vitality to our countryside. These distinctive flowers grace our hedgerows, parks and urban spaces throughout the UK. Not only are they a visual delight, but their sweet fragrance also acts as a beckoning call to numerous bees, offering an excellent initial source of nectar whilst facilitating the crucial pollination process.
In spring, the leaves unfurl a vibrant, healthy green that carries a bronzed effect. The adaptability of these leaves to varying sunlight conditions is noteworthy, growing larger in shady areas to capture maximum light, and smaller but thicker in direct sun to concentrate and enhance photosynthesis. A unique identifier is the presence of two distinct red nodes at the base of the leaves petiole. As autumn approaches, leaves transform into mellow shades of butter and crimson red before falling.
Along the branches, deep dark cherry fruits, approximately 2cm in diameter develop. Slightly more tart than sweer cherries, these fruits are perfect for culinary creations such as jams, marmalades, and cherry pie crumbles. Notably, they also contain the natural sleep hormone melatonin. This cherry variety serves as an ideal addition to green verges within housing developments and pubic open spaces, bringing seasonal charm to these environments.
Hillier also grows the ‘Plena‘ cultivar, the French variety from the 1700’s. ‘Plena’ boasts an abundance of double blossoms that gracefully weigh down the branches, creating arches of creamy wonder.
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11m high x 6m wide after 25 years
Well suited for public open spaces and estate green verges.
Begins as broadly columnar, eventually becoming more irregular shaped.
Leaves unfold in spring a vibrant healthy green tinged with bronze. These adapt to the specific locations available to sunlight. In shady areas, the leaves will grow larger to intercept as much light as possible. In direct sun, the leaves will grow smaller, but thicker to concentrate the light stimulating photosynthesis. Come autumn, leaves become mellow shades of butter and crimson reds before falling.
The flowers open in spring a pure white, with 5 cup shaped petals. They occur in a mass of clusters along the branches consisting of 2 or 6 flowers. Both male and female flowers are produced, so only one tree is required to develop the edible fruit.
Cherries appear molten orange in May, gradually ripening to succulent red-purple in July.
Establishes well in all moist, well-drained soils. It enjoys full exposure to sun and thrives within alkaline soils.
Fruits are a favourite amongst birds and wildlife.
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