Wild cherry (Prunus avium L.) is also known as gean or mazzard. It is an attractive native species which can produce high quality timber over a short rotation and tends to be less damaged by squirrels than other species. As it is light demanding, it frequently can be found occurring as single trees or small groups, particularly along lowland woodland edges. Cherry often reproduces vegetatively by suckering so clumps frequently consist of identical trees. It is one of the first trees to flower in spring and the fruits are eaten by many small mammals and birds.