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Plums have a sprawling, suckering growth habit and therefore require judicious pruning.

Latin Name

Prunus domestica



Type of Plant

Fruits Fruits
Trees Trees

Bloom Season



Spring Spring
Summer Summer


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


  • Edible
  • Flowering Tree

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Native Range

    Europe, Asia, and North America


    Washington was experimenting with planting and grafting plums as early as 1763. Martha Washington's cookbook has many recipes for jellies, pastes, and preserves containing plums.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery Lower Garden Upper Garden

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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