Beach Plum is a rounded, dense, suckering shrub. Clusters of white flowers bloom April-May, before the leaves emerge, providing early nectar for native bees and pollinators. Edible fruits ripen to a dark purple in September and are valued by wildlife as a food source. The berries can be used to make jellies and jams. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Highly drought tolerant once established, and grows 6-8 feet tall. As a member of the prunus plant family, beach plum supports around 400 different types of lepidoptera.