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I understand that one says Birkat Ha'Ilanot on seeing the blossoms on a fruit tree. Does a tree that blooms but doesn't produce fruit get a bracha? And if so, which one?

I'm asking about trees from a non-fruit-bearing species, not about trees of a fruit-bearing species that, for whatever reason, don't themselves produce fruit.

  • Related: fn. 4 in this answer. – Fred Jan 19 '16 at 19:59
  • Does a tree that blooms but doesn't produce fruit get a bracha? Are you asking about a tree (belonging to a fruit bearing species) that blooms but does not itself produce fruit, or are you talking about a blooming tree from a non-fruit-bearing species? – Fred Jan 19 '16 at 20:02
  • @Fred I meant the latter. (Though I suppose, as a city-dweller, I wouldn't necessarily know if the trees in my yard are in the former category.) I'll edit. – Monica Cellio Jan 19 '16 at 20:06
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    cf footnote 4 at judaism.stackexchange.com/a/37624/759 You seemed to ask according to the common opinion of requiring fruit trees. – Double AA Apr 4 at 0:42
  • meh I think I might just address it here anyway – Double AA Apr 10 at 22:09
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I'm afraid the bracha you are referring to is only on the blossoms that lead to fruit on the fruit trees. See Mishna Berura OC 226 sk 2

There is another bracha on nice 'creations' (including trees) but it generally accepted that it is only recited on the most beautiful creation you have ever seen till now. Since we can not measure 'beauty' very well, we generally avoid saying this blessing. See Shulchan Aruch OC 225:10 and Mishna Berura there. [I note that this is AFAIK the very widespread custom; however, it might not be so well based in the sources. See Shaar HaTziyun sk 34 for details.]

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