As part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, 8 wild cherry saplings (Prunus avium ‘Stella Colt’) have been planted in Woburn Square by the University of London and 3 in Gordon Square (below) over the winter. While tiny at present, they will have spring blossom as they grow, hopefully to full size. (The fruits are edible but very sharp and sour, so not recommended.) If they develop successfully, they will make a big difference to Woburn Square, which has been looking rather sad in recent years. They will certainly be a welcome addition to the mix of trees in the local garden squares, dominated by mature plane trees as they are.
In Brunswick Square, Camden Council have recently planted a large area of cornus outside the gardens with two stem colours, making a cheerful winter show before the leaves appear in the spring. This should provide an area better for wildlife than the empty ground we have had here for the last few years.
I welcome the cherry trees but wish they were the native ones such as Bird cherry and Wild Cherry as more beneficial to our struggling wildlife. But great news as it is. And please don’t ‘apologise’ for their small size- the smaller the tree planted, the more resilient a tree should be. It’s why if time is not an issue, growing trees by seed gives the ultimate resilience. But in London we don’t have time! Thanks for nice update
They are indeed a named variety of the wild cherry, Prunus avium. No apology needed for the size -it’s the standard size for new planting, but it does make them more vulnerable and it will be a few years before we see their full glory. looking forward to it!
Really happy even if cultivars!! Fantastic. Will visit them when in the area Thank you