Plum and damson trees

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

Features of plum and damson trees

  • flowers: 1-3 in clusters
  • style: 1
  • seeds: 1
  • ripe fruit: 2-8cm long, skin with a greyish waxy bloom
Plum flower

Plum flower.

© Jan Bakker
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Ripe fruit

Ripe fruit.

© Tobias Schula
Plum tree

Whole tree.

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Flower with one style

Flower with one style.

Flowers in a pair

Flowers in a pair.

Fruit with one seed

Fruit with one seed.

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