Pin Cherry Trees
Originated from the wild environment in America, pin cherry trees are famous for their small sour fruits which are important sources for making jams. Their sizes can vary depending on the growing conditions. Normally, some of the them can grow up to 30 feet in height while some can only grow 3 to 4 feet. They can also survive in the rocky mountain areas which make them good options to be planted in high altitude location.
Apart from pin cherry, they have some other common names such as bird cherry or fire berry. Due to the fact that they are naturally grow in the wild and can produce delicious colorful fruits, they can feed many birds and wild animals like deers and grouse. This is also where their name coming from. Like most fruits trees, pin cherry will produce beautiful blossoms in late spring. The color of their flowers are white and they grow in bunches and clusters.
There are some simple ways to identify pin cherry trees from other fruit trees. Generally, they will be growing in locations with full sunlight. They can also be easily found in some damaged terrains like the bare areas after the forest fires. They have narrow upright trunk and smooth brown barks. If observed carefully, you can also see some stripes existing on their barks. The fruit is one of the important factors to identify pin cherry trees. The size of the cherry fruit is about one quarter of an inch in diameter which will grow in bunches. They have a sour taste and they are perfect sources to make jams.
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