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Prunus americana

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 15'-30'

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, berries, colonizing, fall interest, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, showy fruit

Prunus americana (American plum)
  • Prunus americana (American plum)
  • Prunus americana (American plum)
  • Prunus americana (American plum)
  • Prunus americana (American plum)

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Description

Prunus americana

Also known as:

American plum

,

wild plum

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Prunus americana is a highly ornamental small tree, or large shrub. Abundant showy white flowers in spring, are followed by red showy fruit, that although edible, is best used in jams and preserves.

Cultivation

Very adaptable. Individual plants will sucker forming dense colonies. Suckers should be removed if a tree form is desired.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: NH, VT

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Prunus plum
Species Prunus americana American plum