American plum

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Prunus americana
AMERICAN PLUM

Rosaceae
North America

Location: map coordinates P-9 (north side of Baker Building), N 39°11'9'' W 75°32'46''

Planting history: planted November 2010. Source: Donated by Octoraro Native Plant Nursery (via Dr. S. Yost).

Description:
  • deciduous large shrub, or small tree
  • etymology: Prunus = Latin name for plum tree; americana = American
  • leaves 1”-5”, toothed
  • flowers white, 1” wide; clustered in 2’s-5’s; ornamental
  • fruit drupe (stone fruit); red, clustered; eaten fresh and in jams etc.
  • grows to 15’ tall; branches thorny
  • root suckers can produce dense many-branched growth; good for stabilizing banks
  • habitat meadows, open woods, in Delaware

Native species, State Rank SU (Status Undetermined in Delaware; species thought to be rare or uncommon in the state, but cannot presently be included within another classification)
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