Fruit trees which exist in the wild have certain things about them that the nonprofessional can use to identify them. In the spring, their flowers give them away, while in the summer the fruit of the tree helps identify the species.
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Plum trees typically have thorny canopies—the upper branches of a tree—and the flowers that bloom in the spring have a strong odor.
The black bark of a black cherry tree is a telltale feature, especially in a white winter background. The black cherry has long white strands of flowers that develop into the purple-black round cherry in the late summer.
Most types of crabapple trees have twigs that contain a series of sharp spines. The fragrance of the blossoms in the spring carries on the breeze and the canopy of a crabapple is usually tangled and dense.
The persimmon tree produces a fruit that is bitter when not ripe but sweet when it finally does mature. The tree has black bark, grows to heights of 60 feet and the leaves are four to six inches long and oval.
Blackhaw has small shiny leaves and tiny white flower clusters. The fruit hangs down from the twigs, initially green but changing through a series of color shades until it finally turns black. Any that escapes the birds and small mammals shrivels up like a raisin.