Prunus americana Wild Plum

Prunus americana  American Plum / Wild Plum

On sale in 2021 at Tagawa Gardens – this most intoxicatingly scented spring bloomer is a hardy, woody tall shrub or flowering tree. Blooming in March, this is early food source for native bees waking up in Spring.

This year we had a large wet snowstorm on 3/15.  This might knock out the blooms, but I’m really hoping not. In 2020, I tried to grow this from fruit collected at our open space with no luck. I did not clean up the seeds as well as needed.  Hopefully this year we will again see seedlings popping up under the plant that is lovely addition to the walking path.  It would be great to move these out – to have more of these trees lining the open space perimeters.  The tree naturally grows at the top of a hill with good drainage.

At maturity without any additional water the plum is more of a shrub in Colorado.  If I can get one from Tagawa, it might become the centerpiece of my garden– with its gnarled woody growth and spreading crown.

The edible fruits are great for jams and chutney.  You might even get some wine from it as well.

Having low water requirements is key for our gardens today.


Native Status:  Native to Colorado
Height: 15 – 25 feet
Spread: 15 –  25 feet
Bloom Time: March
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Other: Thorns
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil
Family: Rosaceae

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