Known as Gean, Wild Cherry or Bird Cherry. Native to Europe, North West Africa and Western Asia. Widely cultivated. Grows to 15-32 metres (49 – 105 feet). White flowers in early Spring as the new leaves appear. All parts of the plant are slightly toxic except for the ripe fruit which range between sweet to bitter. The fruits are eaten by a wide variety of birds and mammals. The wood is used for turning, making furniture and musical instruments. The wood can also be chipped and used to smoke food.