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Latin Name- Prunus Americana Hardy Planting Zone- 5-9 Mature Height- 12-25 ft Width- 15- 20 ft Sun or Shade- Partial Shade

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Wild Plum - Prunus Americana


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. Many different names know the wild plum, 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 usual 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 useful 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 fertile soil. The wild plum likes a pH value of around 7 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 is a shrub that can be cultivated into a small tree. Its upper branches form a broad canopy and growth occurs at a moderate rate. Their root systems are shallow, and they prefer rocky to sandy, well-drained soils. Wild Plums tolerate acidic soils and brief periods of drought but thrive when provided consistent moisture. Wild Plums are deciduous and produce a dazzling display of vibrant red to yellow fall colors. The bark is a dynamic, deep red-brown color. In April to May, Wild Plums present numerous, showy clusters of three to five white flowers. Each flower is composed of five white, delicate, oval petals. Wild Plums are a prized landscape ornamental due to their abundance of beautiful flowers. Broad green leaves with pale undersides appear once flowering is complete. Propagation is dominantly through seeds and suckers. The attractive flowers turn into the sweet plum fruit. Plums are typically a half inch to one and a half inches in size and ripen in August to September. The fruit is a deep red-purple color but can be yellow to pink-red. The plums are edible and can be enjoyed baked, dried, preserved, or jellied. Many parts of the Wild Plum are useful. Native Americans harvested the bark and used it as a remedy for many disorders, such as wound care and stomach ailments. They also utilized the roots to make a red dye. Modern studies have indicated that the roots and bark contain components that are active against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Groups of Wild Plums are useful for soil stabilization due to their shallow root system and the emergence of suckers. As a landscape addition, Wild Plums provide significant habitats for wildlife and abundant food for birds and various mammals.

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