Blossom Tree Facts

Overview

Blossom trees refer to orchard trees. These trees produce an abundance of fragrant blossoms in the spring that develop into luscious fall fruits. Blossom trees are a delight in the garden and can grow on relatively small lots.

Significance

Blossom trees are a great food source for humans as well as many insects and animals. Blossom tree fruits contain carbohydrates, fiber, enzymes and a significant amount of vitamins and minerals.

Function

Fruit trees normally begin bearing fruit after they are old enough to blossom freely. Fruit blossoms must be pollinated in order to bear fruit.

Effects

Pruning is an important part of blossom tree care. Properly pruned trees will yield high quality fruit much earlier. The tree will also live longer.

Warning

The leaves from blossom trees should not be used as mulch around the garden. Covering the area with ground limestone will help prevent spores from developing.

Tradition

Fruit blossoms are the inspiration of many carnivals and festivals. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular, commemorating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan.

References

  • Green Footsteps
  • Backyard Orchard Culture
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival

Who Can Help

  • Training and Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Greenshare Fact Sheets
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About this Author

Loraine Degraff has been a writer and educator since 1999. She recently began focusing on topics pertaining to health and environmental issues. She is published in "Healthy Life Place" and "Humdinger" and also writes for Suite101. Degraff holds a Master's degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.