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** Cherry **

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This article is about the fruit. For other uses, see Cherry
"Wild cherry" redirects here. For the species called "wild cherry" in the
British Isles, see Prunus avium. For other uses, see Wild Cherry.
"Cherry tree" redirects here. For story about George Washington's honesty,
see Parson Weems#The cherry-tree anecdote.
/Prunus avium/, sweet cherry, also called wild cherry

The *cherry* is the fruit of many plants of the genus /Prunus/, and is a
fleshy drupe (stone fruit). The cherry fruits of commerce are usually
obtained from a limited number of species, including especially cultivars
of the sweet cherry, /Prunus avium/. The name 'cherry' also refers to the
cherry tree, and is sometimes applied to almonds and visually similar
flowering trees in the genus /Prunus/, as in "ornamental cherry", "cherry
blossom", etc. *Wild cherry* may refer to any of the cherry species growing
outside of cultivation, although /Prunus avium/ is often referred to
specifically by the name "wild cherry" in the British Isles.


· 1 Botany
· 2 History

· 2.1 Etymology and antiquity

· 3 Wildlife value
· 4 Cultivation

· 4.1 Growing season

· 5 Cultivars
· 6 Ornamental trees
· 7 Commercial production

· 7.1 Eurasia
· 7.2 North America
· 7.3 Australia

· 8 Nutritional value

· 8.1 Phytochemical research

· 9 Other information
· 10 Species
· 11 See also
· 12 Notes


/Prunus padus/, bird cherry

Many cherries are members of the subgenus /*Cerasus*/, which is
distinguished by having the flowers in small corymbs of several together
(not singly, nor in racemes), and by having smooth fruit with only a weak
groove or none along one side. The


when are cherries in season

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