Blackthorn tree

These belong to the same genus as cherries.

Features of blackthorn trees

  • twigs: thorny
  • flowers: single or in pairs
  • style: 1
  • seeds: 1
  • ripe fruit: roughly 1.2.cm long, skin with a greyish waxy bloom
Blackthorn flower

Blackthorn flower.

© Bob Press
Blackthorn fruit

Blackthorn fruit.

© Martin Olsson
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Blackthorn tree

Blackthorn tree.

© Peter Bromage
Blackthorn twig

Thorny blackthorn twig.

© Bob Press
Flower with one style

Flower with one style.

Fruit with one seed

Fruit with one seed.

Solitary flower

Solitary flower.

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