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Prunus americana /Wild Plum

Prunus americana  / Prunus americana
Close-up image of early spring flowers
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Close-up image of early spring flowers

Tree in full bloom

A typical grove of trees in late stage of bloom

Thicket-like growth containing several trees is very common

Branches of early spring flowers

Close-up image of flowers

Portion of a canopy in full flower

Upper canopy of a tree in bloom

Branches of blossoms silhoutted against a blue sky is a very attractive sight

Young plums

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Scientific Name: Prunus americana
Common Name: Wild Plum
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Spring, Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: This native forms thickets on native sites. Attractive masses of white flowers are present in late winter or early spring. It produces fruit that is not sought after by humans, although it is sometime used in jellies. Birds and other wildlife do eat the plums. Plum curculio, borers and leaf diseases attack this species.