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Are ornamental cherries edible?

Most ornamental cherry trees are bred more for the lovely blossoms than the edible fruit. The strictly ornamental genus of cherry trees is the prunus. These trees still produce fruit in the summer, but it's so sour that only animals eat it.

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Considering this, can you eat the cherries on a cherry blossom tree?

Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan. All varieties of cherry blossom trees produce small, unpalatable fruit or edible cherries. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus.

Beside above, how do I know if cherries are safe to eat? Sweet cherry trees will have white blossoms. If it is a specific sweet cherry cultivar, then it will be edible. There is a possibility that the tree was started from seed. If that is the case the quality of fruit can be quite variable, although if it is sweet cherry, Prunus avium, it should be safe.

Also, are all types of cherries edible?

Yes, cherry fruit is edible. However, it can be bitter if it's not from a sweet cherry tree grown for agricultural purposes. Some cherry trees don't grow fruit.

What cherries can you eat?

Here are a few of the most popular types of cherry you should know about: Bing cherries are arguably the best-known, archetypal cherry. They are red, and very versatile, great both for using in recipes and eating on their own. Rainier cherries are large cherries with a yellow hue to them.

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