May Day Tree (Prunus padus)

May Day Tree

The May Day Tree, Prunus padus ‘European Bird Cherry’, is one of the first trees to leaf out in spring. Also known as the European Bird Cherry, it is generally described as a perennial tree or shrub and has dark-green summer foliage that turns yellow to red in fall.

The white flowers are large and fragrant and appear in early May. They are borne in slender drooping clusters. It differs from other wild and garden cherries in having flowers in long cylindrical spikes.

The fruit is black, about 1/3″ or less, and is loved by the birds. This low-branched tree is rounded and provides cover as well as small-fruited cherries that will attract your feathered friends from all around.

May Day Tree is available in clump form but can be pruned to a small tree. The European Bird Cherry has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate.

  • Early Spring Bloomer
  • Large, Fragrant Flowers
  • Red & Yellow Fall Color
  • Food For Birds

May Day Tree (Prunus padus) Details

Common name May Day Tree
Botanical name Prunus padus
Hardiness zone 3-7
Height 15 - 20 ft.
Width 15 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White
Leaf color Green