- 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.
- American Plum Fruit – “20121003-FS-UNK-0056” by U.S. Department of Agriculture is licensed by CC BY 2.0
- American Plum Bark – “Prunus americana” by Matt Lavin is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
- American Plum Flowers – “Prunus americana” by Matt Lavin is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
- American Plum Leaves – “Prunus-americana-leaves” by Homer Edward Price is licensed by CC BY 2.0