Botanical Name: Prunus padus
Common Name: European Birdcherry  
Plant photo of: Prunus padus
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees, Messy

Design Styles

English Cottage, Ranch


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: wrong photo
  • Description

  • Notes

Bird cherry is a deciduous ornamental tree that typically grows 20 to 40 feet tall and wide, with a rounded, dense crown. Fragrant white flowers in pendulous 3 to 6-inch long clusters appear after the foliage emerges in spring. Flowers are followed by astringent, pea-sized, black cherries which ripen in mid-summer. As with the closely-related chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), the fruit is extremely bitter to humans but loved by birds. Dull dark green leaves are elliptic and lightly serrated; foliage turns yellow in fall.
Grow in any well-drained soil, in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soils.