American Plum

Genus: Prunus americana


Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness Zone: Zones 3-8

Requirements: Full sun, moderate water.

Zoo Location: African Rift Valley


Characteristics: A Rocky Mountain native that is very tough and needs little care. This plant commonly grows 15 to 25 feet tall and 10 to15 feet wide, and can be trained as single stem tree or multi stem shrub. It produces clusters of 1" white flowers in mid spring before the 2 to 4 inch long leaves come out. In June to July, 1 inch yellow to red rounded fruit ripens and is a favorite of birds. The fruit can also be utilized in jams and jellies or eaten from the plant. This plant needs well drained soils but is otherwise tolerant of varying soil conditions. Prune for shape and to remove dead and crossing branches.

Did you Know? Good fruit for jelly.


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