Wild Cherry Trees are amongst our most popular trees, and with good reason too... Wild Cherries are considered to be amongst the most beautiful of all our British Native Woodland Trees.
We recently held a little competition with our friends over at Daisy Green Magazine offering a Wild Cherry Tree gift for 4 winners! I thought it would be a great idea to do a little blog about the history of wild cherry trees and what makes them such special trees, as well as give a few care tips for those of you who already own a wild cherry tree or are perhaps thinking about buying one.
Top Characteristics of the Wild Cherry Tree
- The Wild Cherry Tree is native British tree species.
- Despite the potential to grow fairly large (up to 20-25 metres), the Wild Cherry Tree is fairly shallow-rooted and so should not cause any problems for you if planted in your garden.
- The Wild Cherry produces wonderful white blossom in April and May.
- Wild Cherry Trees are not self-fertile, which means you need to plant more than one (or have one in the nearby area) to produce fruit.
- The Fruit that Cherry Trees produce starts off a sort of yellowy-red colour at first and then turn a dark, blackish-red when ripe. They are a bit bitter to eat compared to the cherries from a Stella Cherry Tree or Sunburst Cherry Tree.
- The wood from wild cherry trees can be used for furniture and carvings.
How to grow Wild Cherry Trees
- Wild Cherry Trees do need sunlight; a totally shaded area would not be suitable. Instead, choose an area that gets a good mixture of sun and shade.
- Wild Cherries are fairly hardy and can grow in a few different conditions. They are usually found in woodland areas with fertile soil but also in hedgerows.
- Black fly can lay their eggs on Wild Cherries; this can cause the leaves to curl up. The best remedy for this is to treat early to avoid growth being stunted.
Wild Cherry Trees also attract many insects into the garden, which is great! They also give us the loveliest looking blossom in April/May time and are firmly rooted in our choice of favourite trees.