Prunus padus
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Prunus padus

European bird cherry
hegg

  family rosaceae 
  genus prunus 

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Identification
Genus  Prunus Species  padus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  European bird cherry   hegg Family  ROSACEAE Specimen number  S10470 Data source  DyePl p68;Frgnt p361;Xeri p302
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  45' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers and bark of Prunus padus have a strong rank smelling smell. The bark of European bird cherry has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Prunus padus is known as hegg in Norwegian. Gray is the most typical color produced by this plant. Bird cherry is used in Norway for dyeing. This species can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40 Fahrenheit. This plant likes full sun to partial shade. It likes dry soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  flowers are fragrant; bark has a strong odor when bruised Fragrance parts  Flowers   Bark Fragrance intensity  Strong Fragrance category  Rank Dye parts  Bark Dye color  gray
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Prunus padus is a native plant in the natural environment and is thought to originate from Norway.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Prunus padus is a woody perennial. European bird cherry is deciduous in nature.

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