Q. Is there a difference between a cherry tree and a cherry blossom tree?
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHERRY TREE AND A CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE. (THERE ARE MANY CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT THEY NEVER HAVE FRUIT - THER IS ONE CHERRY TREE THAT ALWAYS HAS FRUIT BUT NO BLOSSOMS)
Both the cherry trees and the cherry blossom trees are cherries, with the same botanical genus Prunus. Some types of cherries naturally have, or have been bred to have, more pronounced and delicious fruit. Others have, or have been bred to have, more enjoyable flowers. Producing flowers and fruit both take a lot of energy from the tree, so the ones with the best flowers frequently have insignificant fruit and those with the most delicious cherries have less emphasis on flower. The breeders have, over the years, selected the most admired characteristics of fruit, flower and form and created cultivars that allow the tree to reliably produce those qualities without a waste of energy on other things.
We usually call the varieties that are grown for their flowers ornamental cherries and the fruit producing types cherry trees.