Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Wild Plum

Prunus americana
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

8 to
20
feet

Spread:

8 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
20
feet
Spread: 8 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
20
feet
Spread: 8 to
20
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Specimen, shrub border, hedgerow or screen. Use along the edge of a woodland and to attract birds. Baltimore orioles feed on the nectar-rich flowers.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soils. Some plants sucker and others don't. Remove suckers to prevent unwanted spread if necessary. Fairly adaptable.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Edible
Basic Description

Can be grown as a single trunk tree or multi-stemmed shrub. The pure white, fragrant flowers are among the first to open in spring. Heavier flowering in sun. Yellow to red, round, edible fruits, 1″ in diameter. Host to Red-spotted Purple Butterfly and many moths.

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