Cherry tree look-alikes

There are some trees that look very similar to cherries and can be mistaken for them. Find out what distinguishes a cherry tree from these look-alikes.

Check these cherry look-alikes to make sure your identifications are accurate.

  • Cherry-plum
    Cherry plum tree

    This tree is the most easily confused with cherries. It is frequently planted, especially the purple-leaved forms.

  • Flowering crab-apple
    Flowering crab-apple tree

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

  • Almond flower
    Almond tree

    These are closely related to cherries, belonging to the same genus.

  • Mespil fruit
    Mespil tree

    These are sometimes confused with bird cherries.

  • Pear tree
    Apple and pear trees

    These are sometimes confused with cherry trees.

  • Peach flower
    Peach tree

    These are closely related to cherries, belonging to the same genus.

  • Plum flower
    Plum and damson trees

    These are closely related to cherries, belonging to the same genus. They can be thorny.

  • Blackthorn fruit
    Blackthorn tree

    These belong to the same genus as cherries.