We live at 7000 feet and have a volunteer shrub that is over 6 feet tall. The flowers are about 1/4"-3/8"; cream/white colored; with 5 wee petals and a pale yellow, spikey center. Also, the flowers are clumped in cones of about 8 rows.

The flowers are lightly scented, very pleasing to the nose. The bees love it.

I thought it might be some kind of a lilac or butterfly bush or butterfly weed?

creamwhite shrub flower closeup

creamwhite shrub flower branches

  • Prunus variety, yes - evergreen or not?
    – Bamboo
    May 28, 2017 at 9:32
  • Goes dormant in winter; not an evergreen.
    – RJo
    May 28, 2017 at 21:14

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It's in the Prunus subg. Padus commonly known as bird cherries, chock cherry, hackberry, hagberry, Mayday tree. Don't think it is Prunus maackii because of the yellow center to the blooms in your picture; "maacki" is pure white. It could be Prunus virginiana which is native and of which you are at the edge of its range.What elevation are you at? A few species can exist at Colorado's elevation. There is a number of Prunus plants in this category, and without a shot of the bark of the trunk, it's impossible to be sure.

  • We are at 7,000 feet. Since posting the pix, all the blooms have died. It's only early June, so I am hoping it's a rebloomer!
    – RJo
    Jun 4, 2017 at 17:42
  • Prunus virginiana could survive at 7K feet.
    – CloneZero
    Nov 17, 2017 at 18:46

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