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Plum, American – 6-12″

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American plum (Prunus americana) is a beautiful shrub with spectacular blooms and a pleasing smell.  It can grow to 25 feet tall and produces edible fruit.  It can grow either as a thicket forming shrub or as a small tree.  Many birds and animals eat the fruit, and both white-tailed deer and mule deer feed on twigs and leaves.


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Product Description


  • Seedling Size:   6-12″
  • Seedling Age:   1-0
  • Mature Height:   15 – 25 feet
  • Mature Width:   12 – 20 feet
  • Soil Type:    Well-drained and drought tolerant
  • Moisture:   Moderate to moist
  • Sun:   Full sun
  • Growth Rate:   Medium

Key Characteristics of American Plum

  • Flowers appear in clusters in early spring.
  • Initially smooth and gray, the bark later turns rougher with ridges and curling strips.
  • Leaves are alternate and finely serrated.
  • Fruits are large and edible, attracting a variety of birds.

Visitors Attracted to American Plum

  • Coral hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Wild cherry sphinx (Sphinx drupiferarum)
  • Saddleback caterpillar (Sibine stimulea)

Help Control Invasives!

American plum makes a great alternative to Amur maple (Acer ginnala), an invasive plant still occasionally planted in landscapes.

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