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April - Wild Cherry or Gean (Prunus avium)


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A tree that can reach 20m or more. It has purple-grey, shiny, peeling, horizontally bark. Open grown trees have conical crowns. The buds are large, pointed and russett against grey twigs. They burst in April producing leaves that are initally brown but soon turn green. The leaves have two prominent knobs where they join the stalk. The large white long stalked flowers are produced in April either before or at the same time as the leaves. Wild cherry is often found near wood edges but can reach its full canpoy in places such as open beech woods. Picture taken at Stevington, Bedfordshire - April 30th 2006

1st May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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