Cherry and Apricot trees are the ones with the least value of any tree; respectively, they produce a crop worth 80 and 50 gold, compared to other trees that produce 100 to 140 gold per crop.
If this were any other crop it wouldn't matter so much, because you'd just plant something different in summer and fall(and comparable crops in spring aren't that valuable anyway), but unfortunately, trees take up a spot on your farm all year around. This leaves these trees being, unfortunately, much worse than their alternatives.
Yes, they're also cheaper, but I don't think anyone ever really worries about price when considering what trees to invest in. They're a very long-term investment, so you'll never buy them when you're low on cash anyway.
On the other hand, I don't really want to make them the same as the other trees; that's boring.
So what about this; over the course of the season, they produce more and more fruit per day. In the beginning of the season, they'll produce one fruit per day, but by the end they might be making upwards of four fruit per day!
Say they end up producing 2.33 fruit per day, on average; Apricots will produce 116.5g/day, and cherries will produce 186.4 gold per day.
BUT, there's a weakness to this; because they're achieving these results via large numbers of less valuable fruit, rather than smaller numbers of more valuable fruit, it makes kegging or preserving them much more difficult and impractical. You'd be ahead to just sell the raw fruit instead, which means less income overall.
This way these trees fill a niche of straight-profit fruit, while leaving other trees as more profitable for kegging or preserving.
As per the title, I made a new fluffy one-shot. This is my first attempt at writing fluffy goodness.
Take a read!: https://archiveofourown.org/works/28738539