Bird cherry - Prunus padus
Virginian bird cherry - Prunus virginiana
Bird cherry: tree 10–20m tall, the bark has an unpleasant, acrid scent. Flowers 15mm across, ripe fruit 6–8mm long and black.
Virginian bird cherry: tree up to 5m tall and conical in shape, the bark has no unpleasant smell. Flowers 10mm across, ripe fruit 10mm, red or black.
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Small trees but capable of reaching 20m tall.
Brown or grey and may be unpleasant-smelling.
Slightly leathery. The edges have fine, slender teeth and the apex has a short, slender tip. They are hairless or have whitish hairs on the underside of the leaf either side of the central vein - sometimes only as tufts where veins join.
They are 7–15cm long, cylinder-shaped and with leaves at the base of the spike.
White and fragrant.
There are 2 or more.
They are 6–10mm across, red or black and very astringent. Sepals are usually present on the ripe fruit. There are 2 or more seeds.
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