Cherry trees, in the genus Prunus, are important and popular trees in America and other areas. Cherry trees are actually in the rose family (Rosaceae) along with apples, pears, pyracanthas, and various other plants. They are prized for their small tasty fruits, and also for their beautiful flowers, especially in areas such as Japan and in Washington, DC. In Japan cherry flowers are particularly important and are found in art, anime, and other displays of culture. Cherry trees are native to various areas; many are native to Asia but varieties are also native to North America. One variety, the Catalina Cherry, grows in southern california, and although not known for tasty fruit is an interesting landscape tree. Cherry trees vary in growing requirements by species, but are fairly hardy, and most kinds can survive hard freezes and snow. The trees generally dont grow to excessively large size or cause problems.