- Common Name: Cherry Blossom Tree
- Total Species: 40+
- Genus: Prunus
- Tribe: Amygdaleae
- Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
- Family: Rosaceae
- Order: Rosales
15 Cherry Blossom Tree Facts for Kids
- A cherry blossom tree is a tree species in the Prunus genus that produces cherry blossom flowers.
- There are around 335 species in the Prunus genus, but not all of them produce cherries. Some species produce plums, peaches, apricots and almonds.
- Cherry bloom trees are distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere where the climate is temperate.
- The cherry blossom tree is a perennial flowering plant.
- Most cherry blossom trees reach an average height between 40 and 50 feet, though it can vary by species.
- Most cherry blossom trees have a lifespan between 30 and 40 years, though it can vary by species.
- The black cherry tree (Prunus serotine) is estimated to have a lifespan of up to 250 years and able to reach a maximum height of 80 feet.
- Most cherry blossom trees produce flowers that are between a white and light pink color. There are some species that produce flowers that are yellow or green.
- The most popular cherry blossom tree species is the Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulate). This species is a popular ornamental plant in gardens, parks and other recreational locations.
- All cherry blossom tree species produce fruit, but only two species are primary used to grow edible cherries.
- The wild cherry (Prunus avium) species is commercially grown for its sweet red cherries.
- The tart cherry (Prunus cerasus) species is commercially grown for its sour red cherries.
- The cherries produced by cherry blossom trees, whether edible or not, are called a drupe.
- Some cherry blossom tree species are cultivated for their lumber, like the black cherry tree.
- Based on fossil evidence, cherry blossom trees first appeared around 44.3 million years ago.
Pictures of Cherry Blossom Trees
Additional Resources on Cherry Blossom Trees
- Types of Cherry Trees – View a list of cherry tree species on the U.S. National Park Service website.
- How to Grow a Cherry Blossom Tree – Learn how to grow a cherry blossom tree in your own backyard on the Garden Design website.
- U.S National Cherry Blossom Festival – Read about the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. on the Washington website.
- Cherry Blossom – Wikipedia – Discover more about the cherry blossom tree and the Prunus genus on the Wikipedia website.