Prunus sapling, self sown. TOP 10 Holiday Park, Franz Josef, Westland. Photo: © Murray Dawson
Prunus is a genus of trees and shrubs, which includes the plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and almonds. Around 430 species are spread throughout the northern temperate regions of the globe. Many members of the genus are widely cultivated for fruit and ornament. The fruit from this genus are commonly called the stone fruit.