Prunus cerasus

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaePrunusPrunus cerasus


A shrub or small tree of hedgerows, copses and wood-borders. It spreads by fruit or suckers, and can sometimes form dense thickets. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of S.W. Asia.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 961

Height (cm): 800

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte



Clonality - primary

Clones formed by suckering from roots

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 706

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 339

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 7

Atlas Change Index: -0.9

Weighted Changed Factor: -31

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (129c)
Roach FA
1985.  Cultivated fruits of Britain: their origin and history.
Sell PD
1991.  The cherries and plums of Cambridgeshire. Nature in Cambridgeshire. 33:29-39.
Zohary D, Hopf M
2000.  Domestication of plants in the Old World, edn 3.