CHECK FOR CHERRY

The April EcoQuest Challenge is CHECK FOR CHERRY



How many Cherries can you find by April 30?

Flowering Cherry Trees (Prunus spp.) are synonymous with spring, but the clouds of pink and white flowers that appear in early April are produced by exotic species introduced in the 20th century, a few of which are emerging invasives. Our native species such as Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) and Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) bloom in May and June, well after the leaves have fully developed.

Photograph Cherry Trees anywhere in New York City. Be sure to include a bark photo with your observation. Note also the base of the flower below the petals (receptacle and calyx) for hairs or glands. If there are leaves, photograph and note the pinhead-like glands at the top of the leaf stalk (petiole) that characterize all Cherries and distinguish them from the closely related Apples (genus Malus).

See the Guide to Cherries and Plums (Prunus) of New York City for more information about our wild Cherry trees.

Posted by danielatha danielatha, April 01, 2021 10:49

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Are we supposed to observe black cherry (Prunus serotina) as well as any introduced Prunus?

Posted by oaksassafras 3 months ago (Flag)

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