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This native plum has a sprawling habit, which showcases the beautiful white flowers in spring and the unique pink plums in midsummer. The plants become scaly with age and are somewhat disease prone.

Latin Name

Prunus americana



Also Known As

Wild Plum

Type of Plant

Fruits Fruits
Trees Trees

Bloom Season



Spring Spring
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 25'
Max spread Max Spread: 25'


  • Naturalize
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Native Range

    Eastern and Central North America


    Washington wrote in his diary in March of 1786, "Hoed the ground behind the Garden again and planded therein, in three Rows 177 of the wild, or Cherokee plumb; (sent me by Mr. Geo. A Washington) 8 inches a part in the rows with 18 inch intervals."

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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