Cherry trees are angiosperms, also known as flowering plants, that come in multiple species. However, there are two basic types: sweet and sour. Cherry trees are popular in landscapes due to the abundance of fresh cherries, if you can keep away the birds.
Within the cherry blossom lie the anthers (male) and pistol (female) reproductive structures. Once pollinated, the sperm fertilizes the egg inside the ovary of the pistol. The result is a cherry seed.
The cherry seed promotes the growth of the cherry fruit around it, which is actually the ovary of the flower.
The cherry falls to the ground where it is eaten by animals. The animals then scatter the seeds that will grow new cherry trees.
The life span of a cherry tree is around 20 years since they are sensitive to climate and growing conditions, and they attract multiple animals and pests.
Growing a cherry tree can be tricky. The soil must be well-drained with a pH between 6.2 and 6.8. If the weather is too hot, the tree will not thrive. Cherry trees also attract pests such as the cherry fruit fly and the cherry slug.
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