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All in the families

It's remarkable that the same botanical group contains both the rose and the apple, just as Solanaceae includes a range of plants from tomato to tobacco

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My three-year-old grandson once Googled "apple". After reading the details that appeared on the screen, his father _ my son _ asked me, "Did you know that apples belong to the same family as roses?" He was intrigued that apples are fruit trees and roses are ornamental plants, but they both belong to the Rosaceae family. He has since become interested in finding out which plants are related to one another, and was even more intrigued when he found out that the strawberry is also a member of the rose family. 

surprisingly, are members of the rose family.

In fact, the rose family of flowering plants counts 95 genera as members, some comprising hundreds of species. These include trees, shrubs and vines, and even ground cover plants. Almonds, apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are all relatives of the rose. They have been classified as belonging to the same family because they share the same characteristics in the structure of their flowers, the arrangement of their leaves, or in their fruits or seeds.

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