Prunus avium (Wild Cherry)
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Also known as: Gean, Mazzard
Native: Europe, including Britain
Location: Found in hedges and woods, gardens and parks in most of Europe, also cultivated and naturalised in eastern North America.
Its fruit tend to be bitter but it is one of the parents of most European cultivated cherries. Height to 18m or more.
Leaves have stems red above and yellowish beneath with two or more glands or lumps near the base of the leaf blade and colour yellow and red in autumn.
Flowers open in mid April, each about 2.5cm across in clusters on previous year's growth.
Fruits are about 2cm across and may be light or blackish red, sweet or bitter.