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Cherry, European Bird, or May Day Tree

Prunus padus

Rosaceae - Rose

Description

Leaves: Alternate; simple; two or more glands or bumps on petiole; deciduous.

Twigs/buds: Twigs medium texture; reddish brown; with prominent lenticels.  Buds scaly, red-brown like twig.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect, fragrant, 1/2", white, in elongated, drooping bunches appearing in early May.  Fruit is a 1/4" to 1/3" diameter black drupe maturing in mid to late summer.

Bark: Grayish, greenish or dark brown; rough; has dark lenticels.

Wood: Black knot fungus often a problem; causes dark swellings on branches; little information available. 

General: Small to medium sized tree, depending on cultivar, native to Europe, Asia, and Japan.  Shade intolerant.  Weak wood and/or branch structure.  Thorns or spines that can be dangerous; use thornless varieties if possible.  Fruit and/or plant part can be nuisances; use fruitless varieties if possible.

Landscape Use: Black knot disease is a problem.  Various canopy and inflorescence sizes and foliage colors are available.  Zones 3(2?)-7.

Cultivars: 'Albertii', 'Berg', 'Colorata', var. commutata Dipp. 'Plena', 'Spaethii', Summer Glow®, 'Watereri'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Rosaceae - Rose
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
3-7
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Irregular

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium