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Winter interest

American Plum - Native
Catalogue A# 2018-NA PL16
GPS 45D 43' 60" N / 108D 37' 40" W

These specimens are non-accessioned. Information and photos are forthcoming.

Location: Old-Pond-Northwest side of Canyon Creek Canal

Number in accession: Multiple

Botanical name: Prunus americana
All Common Names: wild plum, American red plum, August plum, hog plum
Family (English): Rose
Family (Botanic): Rosaceae
        Planting Site: Residential and parks, Under utility lines
        Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale:  North America
        Landscape Uses: Specimen, Utility
        Size Range: Small tree (15-25 feet)
Mature Height: 15-25 feet
Mature Width: 15-25 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
        Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
        Acid Soils: Tolerant
        Alkaline Soils: Moderately Tolerant
        Salt Spray: Intolerant
        Soil Salt: Intolerant
        Drought Conditions: Tolerant
        Poor Drainage: Moderately Tolerant
        Planting Considerations: Aggressive, Excessive sucker growth
        Ornamental Interest: Spring blossoms, Fall color, Edible fruit, Showy fruit, Showy flowers
        Season of Interest: Early spring, Mid spring, Early fall, Mid fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: White
        Shape or Form: Thicket-forming
        Growth Rate: Moderate
        Transplants Well: Yes
        Wildlife: Birds, Browsers, Insect pollinators, Medium mammals, Small mammal


Wild plum, also called American plum is a small, fast-growing, short-lived, colony-forming native tree, commonly found along fencerows, open fields, and roadsides. Abundant tiny white flowers open before the leaves emerge in spring. Plums appear in late summer.

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