(24) Cherry

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  • Species
    • Cherry
  • Botanical Name
    • Prunus serrulata
  • Location
    • Badingham Drive before the junction with The Mount.
    • Grid Reference: TQ 15377, 55683
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.288608, -0.346842
    • What3Words: drum.point.truly
  • Girth (circumference of trunk at 1.5m height)
    • 0.94 meters
  • Estimated Age
    • 40 years
  • Identification
    • Cherry trees can be identified all year round by the peeling, shiny red bark with horizontal banding. In spring the white blossom appears before the leaves. In autumn the leaves turn yellow and then a firey crimson.
  • About this species
    • Numerous cultivars are grown for their blossom, often pink, but do not naturalise. Birds and mammals such as mice and squirrels enjoy the yellow/pink/red fruit. Housman wrote "Loveliest of tree, the cherry now is hung with bloom along the bough". Wild cherry trees favour chalk soil and spread by suckering. Unfortunately cherry trees do not have a long life.
  • Local information
    • This one has been planted and so is probably a variety of Japanese cherry. There is another close by and neither is in good condition. A stump shows where another has recently been felled.

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