Cherry Tree Names, Species and Types of Cherries

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Flowering Sour Cherry Tree (Prunus cerasus)
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(Prunus cerasus)
Cherry Tree Foliage (Prunus cerasus)
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(Prunus cerasus)

This page lists the botanical and common names of tree species that are commonly known in English as Cherry Trees. All species listed on this page are in the botanical plant classification of; Genus; "Prunus" Subgenus; "Cerasus". Most species that are known as Cherry Trees will be listed here.

If you can't find the Cherry tree name you are looking for here, start at the genus level; "List of all Prunus Species" and search the list of trees there.

Most Cherries for food eating are fruits from the Sweet Cherry Tree (Prunus avium) (also known as the Wild Cherry), or from the Sour Cherry Tree (Prunus cerasus).

Facts about Cherry Trees of the Genus; Prunus, Subgenus; Cerasus
  • Genus Latin Scientific Name: Prunus
  • Genus Latin Name Pronunciation: PROO-nus
  • Genus Latin Name Meaning: Plum family
  • Genus Common Names: Cherry. List of other Prunus Vernacular Names
  • Subgenus Cerasus Type Species: Prunus cerasus (Sour Cherry, Dwarf Cherry, Tart Cherry)

The term "Cherry Blossom" may refer to any species of Prunus tree that is in flower, as the flowers are very similar among species within this genus. The term "Ornamental Cherry" may be applied to any species of Prunus Tree that flowers, but is mainly grown for foliage instead of Cherry fruit production.

List of Cherry Trees (Genus; Prunus, Subgenus; Cerasus) - All known species, taxa types, organized by scientific Latin botanical name first and common names second
List of Cherry Trees (Genus; Prunus, Subgenus; Cerasus) Species Names
Botanical Tree NameCommon Tree Name
Prunus africanaRed stinkwood
Prunus apetalaClove cherry
Prunus aviumSweet cherry, wild cherry, mazzard, gean
Prunus brachypoda(Chinese; 短柄稠李 )
Prunus buergerianaJapanese bird cherry, Lin mu, Inuzakura, (Chinese; 橉木 )
Prunus campanulataTaiwan cherry, Formosan cherry, bell-flowered cherry
Prunus canescensGrey-leaf cherry
Prunus carolinianaCarolina cherry, Carolina cherry laurel, Carolina Laurelcherrry, Cherry laurel, Wild Mock Orange
Prunus cerasoidesWild Himalayan Cherry
Prunus cerasus (syn. Prunus vulgaris)Sour Cherry, Dwarf Cherry, Tart Cherry
Prunus ceylanica(Malayalam; Korandamaram), (Tamil; Muttainari Kongu)
Prunus clarofolia(Chinese; 微毛野樱桃 )
Prunus conradinae(Chinese; 康拉樱 )
Prunus cornutaHimalayan bird cherry, Jamana, Tsrain, Zamber
Prunus cyclaminaCyclamen cherry, Chinese flowering cherry
Prunus dawyckensisDawyck cherry
Prunus dielsianaTailed-leaf cherry
Prunus emarginataOregon cherry, Bitter cherry
Prunus fruticosaEuropean dwarf cherry, dwarf cherry, Mongolian cherry or steppe cherry
Prunus gondouiniiduke cherry
Prunus grayanaGray's bird cherry, Uwa-mizu-zakura, Japanese bird cherry
Prunus ilicifoliaHollyleaf cherry, Evergreen cherry, Holly-leaved cherry, Islay
Prunus incanaWillow cherry, (German; graue Kirschmandel), (French; Prunier prostré, Cerisier prostré)
Prunus incisaFuji cherry
Prunus jamasakuraJapanese mountain cherry, Japanese hill cherry
Prunus jenkinsii(Hindi; bonthereju), (Chinese; 阿萨姆稠李, (Transcribed Chinese; jian he gui ying))
Prunus laurocerasusCherry Laurel, Common laurel, English laurel, (Dansk: Laurbær-Kirsebær) (Deutsch: Lorbeerkirsche, Kirschlorbeerbaum, Kirschlorbeer), (Français: Laurier-cerise), (Portuguese; louro-cereja, loureiro-cerejeira), (Spanish; Lauroceraso, laurel cerezo), (中文: 桂樱 )
Prunus lusitanicaPortugal laurel, (Português: Azereiro, Gingeira-brava, Loureiro-de-Portugal)
Prunus lyoniiHollyleaf cherry, Catalina Cherry, Catalina Island cherry
Prunus maackiiAmur cherry, Amur chokecherry, Manchurian cherry, cerisier de Mandchourie, Amur-Traubenkirsche, näverhägg
Prunus mahalebSaint Lucie cherry, Rock cherry, Perfumed cherry, Mahaleb cherry
Prunus maximowicziiMiyama cherry, Korean cherry
Prunus myrtifoliaWest Indian cherry, Myrtle Laurel Cherry, West Indies cherry, (Brazilian Portuguese; coração de negro, pessegueiro bravo), (French; Bois noyo)
Prunus napaulensisKhasia cherry, Nepal bird cherry
Prunus nipponicaTakane cherry, Peak cherry, Japanese alpine cherry
Prunus obtusata(Chinese; 细齿稠李 )
Prunus occidentalisWestern cherry laurel, almendrón, almendrillo
Prunus padusBird cherry, European bird cherry, Asian bird cherry
Prunus pensylvanicaPin cherry, Fire cherry, Wild red cherry
Prunus phaeosticta(Chinese; 腺叶野樱 (Transcribed Chinese; xian ye gui ying))
Prunus pleiocerasus(Chinese; 雕核樱桃 )
Prunus pleuradeniaAntilles cherry
Prunus pseudocerasusChinese sour cherry, False cherry
Prunus pygeoides(Chinese; 云南桂樱 )
Prunus rufaHimalayan cherry
Prunus sargentiiSargent's cherry
Prunus serotinaBlack cherry, Rum cherry, Wild Black Cherry, Black chokecherry, (French; Cerisier tardif, Cerisier noir, Cerisier d'automne), (Spanish; Cerezo), (German; Spät-Traubenkirsche, Herbstkirsche)
Prunus serotina var. rufulaBlack cherry, Southwestern chokecherry
Prunus serotina var. salicifolia (syn. Prunus salicifolia)Singapore cherry, Tropic cherry, Capulin Cherry, Capulin black cherry, (French; capulin), (Spanish; capulí)
Prunus serotina var. virensBlack Cherry
Prunus serrulaPaperbark cherry, Birch bark cherry, Tibetan cherry
Prunus serrulataJapanese cherry, Hill cherry, Oriental cherry, East Asian cherry
Prunus setulosa(Chinese; 刺毛山樱花 )
Prunus speciosaOshima cherry
Prunus spinulosa(Japanese Romaji; rinboku), (Chinese; 刺叶稠李 )
Prunus ssioriHokkaido bird cherry, (Hokkaidō), (Japanese; shuri-zakura), (Chinese; 库页稠李 (Transcribed Chinese; ku ye chou li))
Prunus stipulacea(Chinese; 托叶樱 / 托叶樱桃)
Prunus takesimensisTakeshima flowering cherry
Prunus tatsienensis(Chinese; 康定樱桃 )
Prunus trichostomaRibbed cherry
Prunus turnerianaAlmondbark, Wild almond
Prunus verecundaKorean mountain cherry
Prunus virginianaChokecherry, Choke cherry, Bitter-berry, Virginia bird cherry, (French; Cerisier de Virginie), (Deutsch; Virginische Traubenkirsche)
Prunus wilsonii(Chinese; 绢毛稠李 (Transcribed Chinese; juan mao chou li))
Prunus zippeliana(Chinese; 大叶稠李 (Transcribed Chinese; da ye gui ying)), (Japanese Rōmaji; bakuchi-no-ki)

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Cherry Tree Hybrids

  • Prunus × compta (Prunus leveilleana × Prunus sargentii) -
  • Prunus × eminens (Prunus cerasus × Prunus fruticosa) - Semisour cherry, (German; mittlere Weichsel)
  • Prunus × fontanesiana (Prunus avium × Prunus mahaleb) -
  • Prunus × furuseana (Prunus incisa × Prunus jamasakura) -
  • Prunus × gondouinii (Prunus avium × Prunus cerasus) -
  • Prunus × hillieri (Prunus incisa × Prunus sargentii) -
  • Prunus × incam (Prunus incisa × Prunus campanulata) - Okamé Cherry
  • Prunus × javorkae (Prunus fruticosa × Prunus mahaleb) -
  • Prunus × juddii (Prunus sargentii × Prunus × yedoensis) -
  • Prunus × meyeri (Prunus maackii × Prunus maximowiczii) -
  • Prunus × mohacsyana (Prunus avium × Prunus fruticosa) -
  • Prunus × schmittii (Prunus canescens × Prunus avium) - (Swedish; mahognykörsbär)
  • Prunus × sieboldii (Prunus apetala × Prunus serrulata) -
  • Prunus × stacei (Prunus avium × Prunus cerasus × Prunus fruticosa) -
  • Prunus × subhirtella 'Pendula' (syn. Prunus pendula) - Higan cherry, Spring cherry, Winter-flowering cherry, Rosebud cherry.
  • Prunus × subhirtella 'Jugatsu-zakura' (syn. Prunus × subhirtella 'Autumnalis') -
  • Prunus × subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' -
  • Prunus × tschonoskii (Prunus apetala × Prunus leveilleana) -
  • Prunus × yedoensis - Yoshino cherry, Tokyo cherry, (Japanese: 染井吉野 Somei Yoshino), Potomac cherry, Tokiokirsche, Cerisier Yoshino
  • Prunus × yuyamae (Prunus incisa × Prunus verecunda) -

Cherry (Prunus) Genus Vernacular Names

English: Cherry
Deutsch: Kirsche
Español: Cereza
Français: Cerise
Nederlands: Kers
日本語: サクラ亜属
Türkçe: Kiraz

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