wild plum, American plum - Rosaceae Prunus americana

Foliage

wild plum, American plum Foliage

Bark

wild plum, American plum Bark

Bud

wild plum, American plum Bud

Twig

wild plum, American plum Twig

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Taxonomy

FamilyRosaceae
GenusPrunus
Speciesamericana
Common Namewild plum, American plum
iTree CodePRAM

Plant Form

FormShrub or tree: forming thicket as shrub or small tree
Height35 feet
Spread35 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagedark green, oval with point tip, serrated edgesLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkgray with longer flaky/platy strips
Budsmall, pointed, red/brown with over-lapping scalesBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twiggray, with side twigs developing sharp points/thorns
Flowerwhite flowers, groups of 2-5, fragrant; appearing in spring
Fruitpurple/red, 1" wide fruit, yellow interior flesh; ripening in July/August
Fall Coloryellow, orange

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2aMin5.0SoilIntolerant
Max7bMax7.0SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntolerantIntolerantNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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