Wild Plum Tree - Prunus american
The Wild Plum Tree is also called the American Plum because it is native to North America from Saskatchewan and Idaho south to New Mexico and east to Quebec, Maine, and Florida. This small, fast-growing tree will reach a mature height of 15 to 25 feet making it a perfect ornamental plant. It is often found along fence rows, open fields, or roadsides, but it also makes a great residential landscape tree. This tree needs full sun and has little tolerance for shade or drought. Adaptable to both coarse-textured and medium-textured soils, it grows best in moist, well-drained soil. Hardy planting zones for the Plum Tree are Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. This tree's roots are shallow, spread widely and produce suckers.
The Plum Tree has long, gnarly-like, dark brown branches which form a wide, elegant head of leaves that are medium green in color and long and oval in shape. After leaving out the tree is covered in a mass of flowers that appear in clusters of 2 to 5 during the months of April and May. The blooms are white and fragrant. The flowering is then followed by bright foliage and generous amounts of beautiful fruit. The fruit will grow between the months of July to September in clusters of 1 to 4 and are about 1 inch in diameter. It is usually a long globe-shaped fruit that is red or sometimes yellow in color with flesh that is yellow and juicy. The fruit from this tree can taste both sour and sweet. It can be eaten fresh or used in the making of jams, jellies, and wines.
The Plum Tree has a beautiful, natural appearance, and its growth habits are low-maintenance making this a perfect addition to any landscape.