Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Prunus americana (American Plum, Wild Plum)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Rosaceae Rose family


 Prunus L. plum


 Prunus americana Marsh. American plum

This is a native plum found in the Rocky Mountain region as well as the midwest and eastern portions of the United States.

It is a thicket forming large shrub to small tree that will reach approximately 20 feet in height and will grow almost as wide.

The flowers are white with red sepals and appear before the dark green leaves.

Plums are always good for attracting and feeding birds and this one is no exception. The yellow to red fruit is a little sour out of hand but works fine for jam or jelly.

This is a tough versatile draught tolerant native that will also thrive in moist soil in USDA zones 3-9.

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