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Prunus mexicana /Mexican Plum

Prunus mexicana  / Prunus mexicana
Early spring flowers smell like grape cool-aide
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Early spring flowers smell like grape cool-aide

Typical hard rolled pieces of exfoliating (peeling) bark

Plums collected from a tree in October

Exfoliating bark

Young fruit in spring with foliage

Spring flowers always have a hint of pink in them


Spring flowers are quite fragrant

Summer foliage close-up

Fruit ripening in October

Spring foliage

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Scientific Name: Prunus mexicana
Common Name: Mexican Plum
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 2, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants that Attract Birds
Plants with Fragrance
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Will grow on alkaline soils and other poor growing conditions, but will not tolerate wet feet. Is an excellent tree for naturalistic settings and in woodland edges. Exfoliating bark and drought tolerance are plus factors for this species. The inch or so in diameter fruit are used for food by birds and mammals.