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May 1, 2010 2:42 PM

Cherry Tree puzzle

I have followed all the instructions in the Cherry Tree Identification Key and keep coming up with Morello Cherry. I have had many sweet cherries from this cherry tree and so do not think it is a Morello. Please can you help.I have measured the girth of the trunk at 91cm before it forks at 75cm above ground level, the tree is approximately 8m high and about 15 to 20 years old There is a red knodule on the stem just below the base of the leaf.IMG_3008_1.JPGIMG_3013_1.JPG
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    May 7, 2010 9:38 AM (in response to oldfarm)
    Re: Cherry Tree puzzle
    The blossom does not comply with Step 1 of the ID, therefore is not a cherry, the identification of lookalikes is quite good on this site, I think this is a tree which has little fruit looking like cherries but they are a type of plum.
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      May 14, 2010 8:08 PM (in response to moonshine)
      Re: Cherry Tree puzzle

      Sorry to disagree with Oldfarm, but we think this is a cherry, possibly a cultivated form of wild cherry that has self-seeded. The toothing of the leaves and the fact that Moonshine has harvested sweet tasting cherries from it certainly suggest this.One of us has a very similar tree in their garden which is certainly wild cherry.


      The flowers in the image are too crowded to get a clear picture, but if they are in clusters of 4 or more, then it is unlikely to be a plum.


      Proof will come from the ripe  fruits. Check their size, taste and whether they have any waxy bloom or  not.

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        May 15, 2010 9:47 AM (in response to CherrySurveyTeam)
        Re: Cherry Tree puzzle

        In that caseI am not sure how the ID Key works, because 'oldfarm's' tree has flower spikes which are not cylindrical, they are drumstick shaped, so which step do we go to from there?

        I rather thought the tree in question was a Cherry Plum.

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            May 20, 2010 4:36 PM (in response to oldfarm)
            Re: Cherry Tree puzzle

            A reply to both oldfarm and moonshine's last posts. We will take you through the key - the additional image from oldfarm should make things clearer for you.


            Step 1: the flowers are in clusters, not in cylindrical spikes (a spike has flowers branching off one after the other), so go to step 3

            Step 3: The leaves have teeth with rounded tips (clear on the additional image), go to step 6

            Step 6: the flowers are in unbranched clusters (the individual flower stalks all meet at the same point), go to step 7

            Step 7: here you chose between flowers cup-shaped or flowers saucer-shaped. The answer leads to either wild cherry or morello cherry.


            This is a wild cherry.


            Hope this helps.

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