Mespil tree

These are sometimes confused with bird cherries.

Features of mespil trees

  • flowers: in open spikes
  • styles: 5
  • seeds: 4-10
  • ripe fruit: up to 1cm long, skin with a greyish waxy bloom, sepals remain at the apex
Mespil tree

Mespil tree.

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Mespil flower

Mespil flowers arranged in open spikes.

Amelanchier (mespil) fruit

Amelanchier (mespil) fruit.

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Flower with five styles

Flower with five styles.

Mespil fruit

Mespil fruit with 4–10 seeds and long sepals.

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