The most glamorous of our native trees, the wild cherry offers a spectacular springtime flowering display.
Traditionally cherries were planted for their fruit and wood, which was used for making cask hoops and vine poles. The sticky resin was throught to promote a good complexion and eyesight, (not sure I would recommend this!) and help to cure coughs.
She is a popular ornamental choice for gardens, especially those who wish to attract wildlife. The spring flowers provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees, whiles the cherries are eaten by birds including the blackbird and song thrush.
In Highland folklore, wild cherry had mysterious qualities and to encounter one considered to be fortune and fateful.
The wild cherry is more suited to a medium to large garden.