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Peach, pear, apple, cherry, and many other fruit trees seem to have flowers comprised of five petals. Assuming there is no evolutionary advantage to confusing students of trees, is there a plausible reason (evolutionary or otherwise) the morphology is so regimented? Are the trees related? Do they like the same pollinators?

Thanks for any insight.

{ asked by daniel }

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Peach, apricot, plum, pear, apple, cherry trees are plants of the same family, Rosaceae, so they are closely related. They share many more aspects than the five petals. In fact, other plants in this family, and even many other dicots have five petal, simply because their share a common ancestry.

{ answered by biozic }
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