Flowering crab-apple tree

Some species are difficult to distinguish from cherries, especially when in fruit.

Features of flowering crab-apple trees

  • styles: 4-5
  • seeds: several
  • ripe fruit: 0.5-3cm long; in some species withered sepals remain at the apex while in others the sepals fall early so the ripe fruit is smooth and cherry-like
Flowering crab-apple flowers

Flowering crab-apple flowers.

© Bob Press
Flowering crab-apple fruit

Flowering crab-apple fruit.

© The Dow Gardens Archive, Dow Gardens, Bugwood.org
Flower with 4–5 styles

Flower with 4–5 styles.

Crab-apple fruit

Crab-apple fruit.

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