Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Bird cherry

1. We have a cottage in the Black Mountains – the Brecon Beacons National Park. We wanted to plant a hedge, so we ordered an equal number of Prunus avium[wild cherry] and P. padus [bird cherry] trees. They delivered the P. avium, but no P. padus. We were told that the Welsh don’t like P. padus – it’s the tree the devil hung his mother on [London, April 2005].

Image: Clendish Wood, Tottenham Marshes, London Borough of Haringey; April 2017.