A familiar native tree, the bird cherry is small to medium in size and so would fit well into many a wildlife garden.
The bird cherry
is easy to grow, and being a woodland plant it can even tolerate deep shade.
It has long racemes of small white, almond scented flowers in May, followed by small 6 - 8 mm dark cherry like fruit, which, though rather bitter, are used in eastern Europe for cooking and flavouring, birds allowing.
The leaves have also been used cooked and the flowers and bark have been used for tea.