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Prunus Americana

Botanical Name:

Prunus americana

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Partial Sun - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Moist, rich, well-drained loams.
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May

Plant Type

Shrubs, Trees, Shrub, Tree, Native Plant

Lifespan

Perennial

Plant Height

36-72 ft.

Flower

The American plum has 2-5 flowered clusters (umbels) of 5-petaled white flowers (1" diameter) that appear from March to April before the foliage. The flowers are unpleasantly aromatic.

Fruit

Flowers are followed by 1 in., thick-skin, edible, round, red-purple plums (1" diameter) with bright yellow pulp which ripen in July and August. This species is usually grown for ornamental value and not for fruit production, however. Although the plums can be eaten raw, the quality is somewhat poor. The fruits are perhaps better used for preserves and jellies., Red

Benefits
Attracts

Birds

Bees

Butterflies

Pollinators

Small Mammals

Songbirds

Warning

Plant has thorns or prickles. CAUTION: All parts of this tree, except the flesh and skin of the plums, contain the toxin hydrocyanic acid. (Kershaw)

Taxonomy

Order

Rosales

Family

Prunus - Flowering Trees

Genus

Prunus

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