Cherry and apple trees are both members of the rose family, Rosaceae. Apples belong to the genus Malus, while cherry belongs to the genus Prunus. There are over 400 species of Prunus in the world and include cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, and cherry laurels. Four species of Prunus are native to Arizona: bitter cherry, desert almond, and two species of chokecherry.
Most cherries can be identified by lenticels on their bark, which appear as corky lines and spots oriented laterally on the bark. Cherry trees are common in Flagstaff and they give us early spring flowers with wonderful aroma and occasionally a harvest of fruit, if the birds do not get them first.
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