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Bird Cherry in winter

Observed: 12th January 2013 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
Congested twigs, quite distinctive
Bark: slight horizontal striping, but not as much as normal cherry.
Spiral, adpressed buds, terminal cluster
Bark scraped back for smell test. Phewee!
Description:

Short straight trunk, branching out into a tangled mess of skinny twigs, all criss-crossing and messy - very typical growth habit.
Clearly planted (in an industrial estate) as an ornamental tree - lovely flowers in spring.
Buds are alternate, quite long, appearing singly along the twig in a spiral, but in a small cluster at the tip. Sometimes only two, sometimes more.
Easy to distinguish from "proper" cherry in winter, for two reasons: firstly, the bark is not as distinctly marked horizontally as in normal cherry (see second photo) and secondly, if you break a twig, or scrape back the bark (see fourth photo) it has a very strong smell! Once smelt, always remembered.

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Species with which Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) interacts