There are many different species of tree under this genus, Prunus, including the most widely known cherry tree, Prunus Avium. This genus comes under the rose family, or Rosaceae. It can be found in the wild as a native tree in Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia.
The flowers on the tree are generally white and pink and the bark is a red-brown colour with stripes. The species is often better known for the fruit which it produces, which is low in calories and high in fibre.
This fruit has historically been used in medicine because of its diuretic properties, and has been used to help with rheumatism. It has also been applied as a treatment for acne.
Wood from the cherry tree is a specialised timber and usually comes in a dark, rich red-brown colouring which is a really welcoming, homely tone for cherry flooring and it is most often from one of the larger species, for instance the wild cherry.
These trees vary in size with some growing to be 30 feet tall and others just six. There are even a few species which will only grow to be as big as a shrub.