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A shrubby tree that forms thickets, reaching heights of 15 to 30 feet. Its fragrant white blossoms March-May are arranged in flat clusters and are followed by yellow fruit that turns red by August or September. If well-sited, can produce fruit in 2-3 years.  Characterized by a short, twisted trunk and a canopy that appears flat-topped. Its bark is scaly and nearly black, while its reddish branches feature thorn-like side growths, similar to American plum. In autumn, the foliage turns a pale yellow. 


Two trees are needed for pollination.


Plant Characteristics:

Most often grows to 15' tall but can reach 30' in ideal conditions


Prefers full sun but tolerates partial, with less flowers and fruit.


Prefers dry, well-drained soils, but can grow in soils that are seasonally wet, if well-drained.


Wildlife Value:

Hosts 381 species of caterpillars. Important early nourishment for spring pollinators. Many species of wildlife consume the fruit.


Medicinal, Edible and Other Uses:

Tasty raw or made into jams or jellies. 


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Plum, Chickasaw, Prunus angustifolia

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