Parts of a Cherry Tree
Trees need water, sunlight, air, and nutrients in the soil. From bottom to top, let’s look at six parts of a tree.
Roots anchor the plant in place. They absorb water and nutrients from the soil.
The trunk carries water and nutrients up from the roots to the rest of the plant. It also lifts the leaves up to the sunlight.
The branches lift the leaves even higher to the sun. Most flowers and leaves grow from the branches.
Leaves grow from the branches and make food for the plant. They do this by absorbing sunlight and performing photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process that plants use to make food from the sun's energy.
Flowers bloom in bright colors and with scents to attract wildlife. The flowers make seeds and fruits.
Seeds are how new plants grow! Packed into each seed is all the nutrients a new plant needs to sprout from the soil and begin growing. Where have you seen seeds recently? (Hint: think about lunch!)
Parts of a Flower
The pistil is made of
1 The stigma
2 The style
These parts connect to the ovary. The style carries pollen to the ovary. Seeds are made when pollen reaches the ovary.
The stamen is made of:
3 The anther
4 The filament
The stamen is the part of the flower that makes the pollen.
Pollination is how plants reproduce.
Pollen needs to make its way from the stamen of a flower to the pistil of another flower for seeds to grow. Plants need help to move their pollen!
Pollinators are animals who move pollen from flower to flower.
Insects are important pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and others play an important role in the lives of plants.
There are many animals that need green spaces to survive and thrive in Washington DC. and other cities.
Birds rely on green spaces along their journey. The cherry trees give them a place to stop and rest and feed in Washington DC. Some birds live here year-round.
The Tidal Basin and nearby parks are great places for urban bird watching.
Other wildlife rely on cherry trees as well. These include squirrels, foxes, even the occasional coyote, and many more. For example, a bird of prey hunting for squirrels needs to rest and eat. Squirrels need places to hide from the bird of prey! This is just one of the many interactions you might witness while watching city trees.
Last updated: March 9, 2021