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Non fruit bearing cherry bearing fruit

10 years ago

When my older son was born 16 years ago my parents gave us a nonfruit bearing ornamental cherry tree to commemorate the happy occasion. We've enjoyed the tree all these years and refer to it as our "family tree." The pink flowers are delightful in the Spring.

Today I was walking down the driveway and noticed what appear to be tiny cherries growing from the branches. This has never happened before. How can it be happening now? I'm pretty ignorant in the garden, but after 16 years, I really didn't expect the tree to bear fruit.

I'd love to understand how this could have happened and would appreciate any information. I'm guessing that the fruit won't be edible if it makes it to maturity.

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