Prunus americana

Common name: American Plum

Native plant

American Plum is a fast growing tree that will sucker freely to create thickets. Taxonomists claim that plum does not have thorns, but a thorn-tipped dwarf shoot. Although not numerous, these dwarf shoots do get your attention if you try to walk through a plum thicket!! Excellent snow-white spring blooms in April-May. Fall color is maroon-red. An excellent plant for naturalizing. The highly edible fruit has a sweet flesh and sour skin that makes for excellent preserve.


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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Red Purple


Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
20 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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