Five Steps to Identifying Cherry Trees

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Here at Gracious Gardening, one of our favorite types of trees is the cherry tree. That is because it has such a beautiful blossom that can’t help but take our breath away. In fact, this bloom is so stunning that cherry trees are often cultivated solely for their flowers, instead of their fruit. However, when the tree isn’t blooming, it may be hard to spot one. Check out the steps below for identifying a cherry tree even when it’s not producing flowers or fruit.

Step One: Take a Look at How Big the Tree Is

  • Typically, cherry trees grow to about 20′ in height. If you see a tree that comes about that high, there is a good chance it’s a cherry tree. However, keep in mind that other trees can reach that height too, so you shouldn’t base your identification only on this.

Step Two: Spot the Bark of the Tree

  • The bark of a cherry tree is a smooth purplish-brown color. If it is an old cherry tree, though, the bark will be a very dark purplish-brown color instead.

Step Three: Notice the Leaves For Certain Characteristics

  • First off, the leaves on a cherry tree run about 3 to 6″ long. They also have a shiny green color on top with a fine downy texture on its underside. As far as the tips of the leaves go, they have 5 small red glands on them. The leaves themselves are pretty tough, although they have a leathery feel to them. On the serrated edges, there are also small red glands. In the fall, these oval-shaped leaves turn pink, orange and then red before falling to the ground.

Step Four: Keep an Eye Out For White Blossoms in the Spring

  • Every spring, cherry trees sprout over white blossoms where there are 5 petals on each flowers. However, once the cherry tree goes into full bloom, you won’t be able to see anything but the blossoms.

Step Five: Pay Attention to the Fruit During the Midsummer

  • Typically, cherries grow in pairs from small stems. The flesh of the fruit can be anywhere from bright red to very dark purple.  Inside the center of the cherries, there are small pits.

Do you have a special spot to go look at cherry trees?


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