Name: Wild Cherry (Prunus avium)
Other name: wild cherry, sweet cherry, or gean
Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)
Description: A flowering plant in the rose family. Prunus avium is a deciduous tree growing to 15–32 m (49–105 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in diameter. Young trees show strong apical dominance with a straight trunk and symmetrical conical crown, becoming rounded to irregular on old trees.
Distribution: It is native to Europe, Anatolia, Maghreb, and Western Asia, from the British Isles south to Morocco and Tunisia, north to the Trondheimsfjord region in Norway and east to the Caucasus and northern Iran, with a small isolated population in the western Himalaya. The species is widely cultivated in other regions and has become naturalized in North America and Australia.
Fun fact: Prunus avium means "bird cherry" in the Latin language, but in English "bird cherry" refers to Prunus padus.
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