American Plum Fruit – “20121003-FS-UNK-0056” by U.S. Department of Agriculture is licensed by CC BY 2.0

Plum, American – 6-12″ (1-0)

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, Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture:  Moderate, 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.

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Amur Maple by Wouter Hagens

Amur Maple by Wouter Hagens

American plum makes a great alternative to Amur maple (Acer ginnala), an invasive plant still occasionally planted in landscapes.  Amur maple, a prolific seed producer, displaces native shrubs and understory trees in open woods, and shades out native grasses and herbaceous plants in savanna habitat.