Spring has recently shown the tip of its nose to the delight of everyone and the gardens!
You must have noticed, the first buds are currently in full bloom.
You could see the fruit trees blooming and taking on their most beautiful colors.
But do you know how to recognize a fruit tree simply by looking at the flowers?
We are going to give you some tips that will help you identify fruit trees easily.
To recognize a fruit tree, you have to observe the flowers, but also the bark and leaves
Perhaps you are eager to get your first crops from your fruit trees.
However, it is not there yet and we will have to wait a few more months.
For now, only the flowers are out.
You can help yourself with this to get to know the species of the fruit tree.
But it’s not just the flowers that make it possible.
A fruit tree can be identified by analyzing the texture and color of the bark, as well as the shape of the leaves.
In addition to books on fruit trees, you can use an online tool, such as Plantnet’s, to identify a fruit tree (it’s not perfect, but with photos of leaves or flowers zoomed in enough, you can determine what kind of fruit a particular leaf or particular flower).
Indeed, you can recognize a fruit tree when you move to a new house, at your vacation spot or when you practice the exchange of fruits and vegetables.
What could be more frustrating for a gardening enthusiast than not being able to recognize a fruit tree?
Observe the time of appearance of flowers to recognize a fruit tree
First of all, it is necessary to rely on the time of emergence of the first flowers.
Even if the latter varies according to the local climate and variety and can be irregular according to the seasonsturns out to be an interesting reference point.
Thereby almond trees (Prunus dulcis) are among the first fruit trees to bloom in early March.
The flowers are white or pink (depending on the variety) and their diameter can reach 2.5 cm. Their main feature is the shape of the petals which is slightly incised.
Then comes the peach tree tour (Prunus persica), plum trees (Prunus domestica) and pear trees (Pyrus communis) that bloom at the end of March.
The plum trees tend to be covered in spring with many flowers grouped in pairs and adorned with spreading white petals.
They are smaller than cherry blossoms.
Recognise pear trees you can observe the petals surrounding a tuft of stamens with red anthers.
The cherry trees (Prunus cerasus), for their part, will begin to bloom in early April.
The flowers that develop take on a completely white color with a light pink tinge.
Their size is about 4 cm in diameter.
For apple trees (Malus domestica) flowering occurs in early May.
The flowers unfold in corymbs that take the form of small bouquets of flowers on the branches.
The flowers take on a pink color.