I’d noticed last year that my weeping cherry tree had some branches that reached for the sky instead of…weeping. And also that this is a monster tree, grown from a 6′ tall, 2″ diameter trunk to a 10″+ trunk in only about 6 years. This thing is as big as the weeping cherry tree my folks planted when I was born and had to cut down when I was 30. (Hope it doesn’t decided to drill through the foundation of the house…) I’d also thought – but decided I must’ve imagined – that this tree set fruit last year. Fruit? On an ornamental cherry tree? Not very likely…
While I’d like to be able to claim my edible plant gardening prowess is such that this ornamental tree decided to bear fruit in my presence, really it’s just a bad graft job. You can see where the fruiting branch diverges from the trunk:
I’m kind of tickled, actually. The pie cherry tree I planted years ago has produced a total of 2 cherries so far. This tree reminds me of the Emily Tree that was cut down about the time I acquired this one (by moving into this house), but it also might have the fruit I want, too. (It’s easy to get on the roof; I’ll pick it from there.*) And it’s self-pollinating…two varieties on one tree.
I have freaky fruit. Yay.
*Don’t panic, Mom, it’s quite safe!