Prunus hortulana

Common name: Goose Plum

Native plant

The look of american plum with glossier leaves and a smaller overall plant. Not native to the Northern half of Illinois but it grows well on urban sites and is very popular with pollentors. The white flowers are very cheery and smell nice in early spring. We have not worked long with this plant but it seems to be a good fit for anyone looking for shrub border help or wants to creat visual obstructions. Moist and well-drained sites seem to suit it best away from it natural habitat. The word plum is a bit misleading with regards to this species, it is a plum but sweet it is not. We will have 1 gallon plants for sale next summer. 


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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Low branched

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Orange Yellow


Mature height
8 Feet
Mature width
8 Feet
Max height
25 Feet
Max width
25 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Great for Screening/Border Plantings Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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