A cherry tree has distinct reddish brown bark. The bark of a cherry tree has rows or patches of horizontal markings called lenticels. The foliage of a cherry tree is pale to dark green.
The leaves are two to six inches long, and have a finely toothed edge.
The cherry tree is in the same genus as prunes and plums, but the fruit is much smaller.
The geographical range of a cherry tree is throughout most of Asia and Europe, northern Africa and most of North America.
Originally from Asia, the cherry tree also includes cultivars that will grow in arctic regions. Most breeds, however, thrive best in zones four through eight.
Cherry tree wood is a beautiful red and fine grained. Strong enough for tool handles, cabinetmakers once valued the cherry tree wood. The leaves of a cherry tree are droopy, and the flowers are arranged in umbels, meaning that each is on the end of a long stalk.
In the autumn months, the leaves of a cherry tree will turn beautiful colors, ranging from pink, orange and crimson to brown.