Mayday trees are excellent medium-sized trees for shade or ornamental purposes. Commonly called bird cherry, these trees enjoy full sun and are among the first trees to leaf out in the spring.  When in bloom towards the latter part of the month of May (hence the name), huge numbers of heavily-scented blossoms are produced in clusters which are an important food source for pollinators. Once the tree is done blooming, it will get to work producing small, dark purple fruits that are similar to chokecherries.

As a member of the Prunus genus, these trees are related to cherries, plums, peaches, and almonds. Unlike its relatives, mayday cherries are unpalatable to humans in their raw form, but are a favorite of birds.  However, with a little processing, the fruit can be made into tasty jams, jellies, or wines.


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