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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 13:00
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Prunus - Wild Cherry?

Another one that's in flower everywhere here at the moment! Is it Wild Cherry?

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Chris
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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 19:09
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Hi Chris, my guess is (there are several types it could be):

Prunus spinosa: Blackthorn would be quite thorny if it is, has correct number of petals (5) and is flowering at the usual time of year.

Prunus cerasifera: Cherry plum, correct petals and flowering period but may have few or no thorns.

Prunus avium: Wild cherry, correct number of petals but flowers are a little earlier than usual (late April/early May).

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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 19:41
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Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your reply!

We can rule out blackthorn (I know that one and use it for my sloe gin!), nowhere near flowering yet. Is there anything else I can do to differentiate between the other two, or just wait for the fruit?

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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 21:10
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You could use these web-sites to check features as they grow. Avium appears to have a more pointed leaf than cerasifera and there could be a difference on the length and appearance of the fruit stalk. Of course, I could be totally wrong and it might be another species I have not considered. Please continue to monitor and upload more photos as you get them.

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PS: you could also ask on BF as there are members there who are much better than I at IDing plants.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/vis...s/cherry-plum/

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/vis...s/wild-cherry/
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Old Thursday 14th March 2019, 17:06
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Hi Dave, those pages are great - leaf shape looks like it will be pretty definitive! At the moment I'm leaning towards P. avium because the flowers are in clusters rather than hanging singly, but I seem to remember the fruit looking more like cerasifera last year! I will keep you advised!

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Old Thursday 14th March 2019, 17:21
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Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your reply!

We can rule out blackthorn (I know that one and use it for my sloe gin!), nowhere near flowering yet.

Chris
How wrong can you be? I was out this afternoon and loads of Blackthorn with buds and some already in bloom!

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