Apple and pear trees

These are sometimes confused with cherry trees.

Features of apple and pear trees

  • styles: 2-5
  • seeds: several
  • ripe fruit: more than 2cm long with withered sepals persisting at the apex
Pear tree

Pear tree.

© Ted Kropiewnicki

Apple fruit.

© Andrea Moro
Apple fruit

Apple with several seeds and withered sepals.

Pear fruit

Pear fruit with several seeds and withered sepals.

Flower with 3 styles

Flower with 3 styles.

Features of cherry trees

  • flowers in clusters with stalks all arising from a central point, or arranged along a short stem, or in spikes
  • styles: 1
  • seeds: 1
  • ripe fruit: less than 2cm long with a smooth apex
  • bark with raised horizontal lines or bands of pores (lenticels)
Diagram of a flower showing the stigma, stamen, style, petal and sepal