Wild Plum Tree

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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Color
White,
Bloom Season
Spring,
Usage
Hedges And Privacy, Border Plants, Flowering,
Usage
Hedges And Privacy, Border Plants, Flowering,
Usage
Hedges And Privacy, Border Plants, Flowering,
Ships
November Through April
Height At Maturity
Over 20 Feet
Exposure
Full Sun, Sun And Shade,
Exposure
Full Sun, Sun And Shade,
Categories
Trees
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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

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We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

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Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Ships November through April

Description

American Plum| Wild Plum Tree

Wild Plum – Prunus americana

The wild plum tree, also known as the American plum, is a decorative as well as edible fruit-producing species. It's closely related to the Rose family has a bushy appearance, with red to brown bark, thorny branches, and slim twigs. It typically flowers from April to May, producing attractive, dainty white blooms that range from three-quarters of an inch to just under two inches in size, with five petals each. These beautiful blooms form in clusters of two to five flowers each. The wild plum's dense flower production creates an impressive, round, and bushy appearance, almost as though a pristine snowfall has covered the tree.

 

From late summer to early fall, the tree produces red or yellow fruit with distinctive tiny pale spots. The fruit is edible, with juicy yellow flesh inside, and the flavor varies among cultivars. These plump delights grow in groups of one to five fruits. The dark green leaves accompanying the fruiting phase are up to two inches wide by four inches long, causing the tree to take on a rugged, untamed look.

 

Prunus americana thrives in USDA hardiness planting zones 3 to 8 and prefers thicket, open field, or woody habitats which get at least 16" of rain per year and is often seen along roadsides and in pastures. It does best in well-draining soil and is a good choice for windbreaks and general landscaping beautification. Due to its bushy, slightly tangled foliage structure, this tree is a great choice to add visual interest to any yard. The wild plum may gain up to two feet of growth per year, reaching a mature height of 15 to 25 feet. This species may live approximately 12 to 15 years and typically requires little maintenance, offering the ability to withstand heavy pruning when necessary. Prunus americana takes easy to transplanting, making it simple to give it a healthy start in the ground once it arrives at your home.

Wild Plum Trees Blooms White Blossoms in Mid Summer

The wild plum grows naturally on the East Coast of the United States of America and throughout the Mid-West. The actual plant grows to be the size of a small tree, reaching approximately 15 feet in height. The wild plum is known by many different names, but its correct name is the Prunus americana. The plum is also known as the American plum and Marshall's large yellow sweet plum. The shrub from which the plum sprouts also exhibits small white flowers; the fruit itself comes in an unusual yellowish-green color instead of the normal purple or red that people think of when they think of a plum. Wild Plums are beneficial to the ecosystem; they provide shelter rather than nutrition to wildlife. The fact that wild plums are not highly sought after by wildlife is actually beneficial for the grower. With few natural predators, there is no need to worry about animals eating your fruit, so there is no need for fencing or barbed wire either. A few birds will eat the fruit, but deer, the most common threat to any plant, only eat the leaves, leaving the fruit intact. In addition to being delicious fresh off the vine, the wild plum makes an excellent choice to make a jam or jelly with. Pies and other desserts are also an option for the grower of wild plums. This fruit can grow in the majority of the continental United States, but it prefers well-drained earth consisting of rich soil. The wild plum likes a pH value of around seven and does best in partial shade. In addition to the wild plum being useful for desserts, its flowers are often used as decoration. The bushes, if well maintained, make for an excellent accessory to a front lawn. The wild plum's abundance across the United States can be attributed to the Native Americans, who used the plant for food, dye, and ritualistic purposes.

Wild Plum Trees (Prunus americana) grows naturally through a wide swath of North America – including Massachusetts, the Dakotas, and Georgia.

Native to most of the eastern and central United States, it will grow in Zones 3-9. Wild Plums prefers full sun but will take some shade.

Wild Plums - when trimmed to tree form - typically grow to be 15-25 feet tall. If untrimmed, it becomes a shrub. In the wild, it can form large colonies from suckers and seeds.

Wild Plums flower around March. The leaves appear shortly thereafter. The leaves turn red| gold in fall.

The fruits are small but flavorful and make great preserves. The fruit is also eaten dried (prune).

Wild Plum Trees will attract bees, butterflies, and birds, which will consume the fruit.

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