American Plum, Red Plum, River Plum
|Plum, Apricot, Nectarine, Peach, Cherry, and Almond trees are all part of this tasty group. Not only can you eat the fruits of the several deciduous varieties, but most of the trees in this group offer a spectacular show of spring hues. With their attractive foliage and bark, some look good year-round. Deciduous trees and shrubs named "Flowering" are ornamental only. Use the non-fruiting evergreen types as hedges, screens or shade and street trees. Most will not tolerate waterlogged soil, heat, or dryness. Prone to several pests and diseases, so keep them healthy and vigorous. Spray to control pests and diseases when needed. Prune after flowering to shape and remove diseased and dead branches. Transplant in spring.
Their red-skinned, yellow-fleshed fruits attract birds. Juicy but sour, they are best sweetened in jellies and preserves. Spreads by root suckers and is used to control erosion. Look for many hybrids.
Attributes - Prunus americanum
Plant Type: Tree
Bloom Season: Early Spring through Late Spring
Flower Color: White
Height: 20 ft. to 30 ft.
Width: 35 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Wet Soil. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Edible, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.
Prunus 'Early Italian', Prunus 'Green Gage', Prunus 'Kwanzan', Prunus 'Snofazum', Prunus x blireiana, Prunus caroliniana 'Compacta', Prunus cerasifera, Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud', Prunus x cistena, Prunus x cistena, Prunus glandulosa, Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea', Prunus ilicifolla, Prunus laurocerasus, Prunus lyonii, Prunus nigra, Prunus okame, Prunus pennsylvanica, Prunus persica, Prunus persica 'Cardinal', Prunus persica 'Elberta', Prunus salicina 'Satsuma', Prunus sargentii, Prunus serotina, Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan', Prunus serrulata 'Ukon', Prunus spinosa, Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula', Prunus virginiana, Prunus virginiana demissa, Prunus x yedoensis