Wild Plum (Prunus americana) is a fast-growing tree with a shrubby form that reaches 10-25 feet in height. It has edible fruit which are excellent for making jam, jelly and pies! Wild Plum also has a great ornamental value. It blooms in mid- spring with fragrant showy white flowers that attract various pollinators including Red-spotted Purple Butterfly (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) and many moths and birds including Baltimore Orioles. Wild Plum is juglone tolerant and can be used in large rain gardens and for erosion control.
* Please note that although wild plum fruit is edible, the leaves and plum stones are toxic and should not be consumed.
** The trees can be thorny. This varies considerably between individuals, but most do have short sharp spurs.
*** We would recommend purchasing more that one tree for best fruit crop production.
***Plum trees create additional shoots quickly. Check back and thin after several months if planting in a small area.