|Scientific name:||Prunus padus L.|
|Synonym name:||Cerasus padus (L.) Delarbre|
|German name:||Echte Traubenkirsche|
|Nederlandse naam:||Gewone vogelkers|
|English name:||Bird cherry, Hagberry tree|
|Life form:||Deciduous small tree or large shrub|
|Stems:||strong tannin-smelling, dark grey-brown bark, shoots shiny, dark brown, sometimes with fine down, sometimes glabrous, bud tightly appressed, sharply pointed, conic-ovoid, dark brown at base, pale at tip.|
|Leaves:||6-10cm long, oval in shape; dark green above and paler below; the margin (edge) has many fine teeth like a saw; slightly tough and leathery.|
|Flowers:||5 white, irregularly toothed petals. Grow in a spike containing up to 35 almond-scented flowers.|
|Flowering Period:||May, June|
|Fruits:||Ripen in July-Augus, red at first, changing to a very dark purple/black. Edible, but very bitter and the stone is poisonous.|
|Habitat:||Foliage meadows, moist forests, often in forest swamps.|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Prunus, Latin prūnus, Greek προῦνον prounon; plum tree.
padus, the Latin name for the Po, large river in northern Italy, a name of Celtic origin.
Cerasus, κερασοϛ, a cherry.