Cherry (Prunus avium)
Gean. Irish Crann silin (family - Rosaceae)
Description: Small deciduous tree with round red fruit. Highly rated for timber.Height 60ft 15m. Age up to 200 years.
Habitat: Fertile soil but prefers none acid rich soils. Found in woods and hedgerows. Natural distribution throughout British Isles except Northern Scotland. Also most of Europe as far as the Urals.
Similar species: Cultivated cherries derived from Prunus avium. Also see Prunus padus
Uses past & present: Reddish brown wood.
Uses of wood - Turnery, furniture, veneers, decorative panelling. Good firewood with fragrance of blossom as burns. Food and drink - The black fruit are edible. Birds quickly strip fruit from trees.