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CHERRY « Fruit City


Prunus Cerasus / Prunus avium

In warmer European countries it may make quite a large tree and is widely grown for timber. Though it is dispersed well by seeds called stones, it makes suckers whch are young trees growing from its roots. Leaves are alternate, 7-12 cm long with regular teeth and a pointed tip. The leaf top is hairless, below it has hairs on the veins. On the stalk there are two glands which are thought to attract beneficial insects – animals that eat the insects also eat the wild cherry. The white flowers appear before the leaves. They stand in a group each on a long stalk. The flowers are similar to those of the bird cherry, dog rose and blackthorn. The bark of the wild cherry tree
is reddish-brown and smooth. It might have horizontal bands, which can peel off. The bark has a lot of ‘lenticels’. These are small pores in the bark, which allow cells below the bark to ‘breathe’.


Wild cherries are red to dark-red, hanging in clusters on long stalks. They are edible, each with one stone inside. They are smaller than those from the cultivated trees but taste just as good, though they are more bitter.
They ripen in July and are relished by large birds, especially starlings.