Wild Plum - All 15 wild plum trees of North America (2023)

Fifteen (15) wild plum trees growing in North America! All 15 trees are listed below on an ad-free webpage. Wild Plum trees are our native treasures. Highly adaptable, more disease resistant and more drought tolerant than cultivars.

Wild plum trees fit any need! Beach Plum trees grow in … sand dunes but also grows in good soil! Most varieties can be used to create fence, hedge, windbreak, or to control erosion. Or, the Hortulan and Mexican Plum trees make an ideal single accent tree.

Grow wild plum trees! some are at risk of decline, such as the Allegheny Plum. Invasive species overtake wild plum tree habitat. Also, seed dispersing mammals such as bear — the ideal “disperser” — have declined in ecosystems.

Finally, they grow naturally in all plant zones! And wildlife and pollinators thrive on wild plum trees.

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What's the difference: Wild Plum vs. "Cultivar" Plum Trees?

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“Cultivar” Plum trees are domesticated plants. they produce the fruit we buy in a store, and they are 95% of Plum trees sold at nurseries. They’re great…for what they do.On the other hand, wild plum trees are specialists are fill many niches that cultivars do not. And, they produce fruit!

On the other hand, Wild plum trees are more disease resistant, adaptable to more soils, require less water, and tolerate shade better. Also, they are commonly grown as a hedgerow, on a fence line, and used for erosion control. However, their fruit are smaller and flavors vary.

Unlike cultivars, all wild plum trees are self-pollinating! Their flowers are hermaphrodite — flowers have organs from the male (stamens) and female & carpels). Flowers are pollinated by pollinators such as honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, moths, flies, and wasps.

All wild plum trees “sucker” (except for the Mexican Plum). “Suckering” is when the tree’s roots push new shoots to the surface, which then develops into a new tree! Suckering is ideal for erosion control, creating a hedge, fence line, windbreak, etc. Don’t want suckers? Then remove them and develop a single trunked tree or single bush.

These plum trees grow wild in all US States. Some are very rare and grow in very specific regions. For example, the American Plum tree grows wild in 43 states! And, at least 19 Native American Indian tribes use/used the American Plum Tree for food and medicine (Native American Ethnobotany). On the other hand, the Havard’s, Murray’s Plum, and Peachbush Plum trees grow in very specific regions (all in Texas!).

I saved the worst detail for last: fruit flavor is highly variable within the same species. For example, fruit from a particular American Plum tree may be sweet while another American Plum tree produces a tart fruit 🙁 This is wear graphing scion is important :). Also, fruit size is much smaller.

Below is our description of all 15 wild plum trees!

Wild Plum Trees

below are key details of ALL 15 wild plums!

Wild Plum Tree Stand-outs

of all the 15 wild plum trees, these specific plum trees and plum fruits stood-out … for better or worse.

Shortest: 3′ — Peachbush Plum
Tallest: 30′ — Hortulan Plum

Smallest Fruit: 1/4 – 1/2″ — Chickasaw Plum
Largest Fruit: 1 1/4″ — Wild Goose Plum

Coldest range: zone 1 — Canadian Plum
Warmest range: zone 10 — Creek Plum

(Video) Wild Plum - Identifying & Foraging American Plum (Prunus americana)

Most Tasty Fruit: Klamath and Wild Goose Plum
Least Tasty Fruit: Creek plum (I read no positive remarks about the fruit’s flavor)

Most Rare: Murray’s Plum (rarely seen!)
Least Rare: American Plum (native in 43 US States!)

1. Allegheny Plum, Prunus alleghaniensis

the Allegheny Plum tree is also known as the Davis’ Plum and Sloe Plum tree.

it grows wild in the Appalachian Mountains from New York to Tennessee and North Carolina, plus throughout Michigan.
it is a ‘plant of concern’ due to several issues. Allegheny Plum tree challenges include loss of habitat, reduced number of large mammals to disperse seeds, and competition with invasive plants such as the Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii), Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata).

Height: 10-15′
Fruit size: 1/2to 3/4″
Grow As: best as a shrub/hedge. single trunk is possible.
Plant zone: 4-8
Remarks: a difficult-to-find tree (for sale, trade, scion); very shade tolerant; the Allegheny Plum tree is characterized by the persistence of dead, thorny blackish branches.

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2. American Plum, Prunus americana

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the American Plum is also known as the American Wild Plum and Wild Plum.

it’s wild, native plant in 43 US States! this wild beauty is everywhere. at least 19 Native American tribes use/used the American Plum Tree for food and medicine.
it grows with wide-spreading branches; excellent source of wildlife food and shelter; and is used as windbreak, hedge, soil erosion control. also, it’s very hardy. one landowner mentioned using a brush hog over Prunus Americana, and the plant ‘just kept growing back.’

Height: 15-20′
Fruit size: about 1″
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 3-8
Remarks: prolific tree; erosion control, natural fencing/hedgerow; shade tolerant; excellent wildlife refuge and food source.

3. Beach Plum, Prunus maritima

the Beach Plum tree is also known as the Seaside Plum, Sand Plum and Graves’ Plum tree.

the Beach Plum tree is truly a specialist. it grows wild ON BEACHES. beaches are a sparse, unforgiving environment. this multi-stemmed shrub in found on mature dune systems of the Mid-Atlantic coastal region, and along inland tidewater streamsides. it tolerates sandy, excessively drained, nutrient-poor, salty sites! BUT, it can be planted in fertile, well-drained soil.
full sun is required for fruit production.it grows up to 6 feet tall and can be a prolific producer. what a cute tree! with pruning, Beach Plum tree grows like the ultimate dwarf Plum tree. skin color and, sweetness vs. tartness, is highly varied. next, HEPPY will search for the (alleged 😉 cultivars.
this is a frustrating tree for HEPPY™. online, there’s a TON of research (UMD, UMass, Cornell, Rutgers). there’s “How to Market Beach Plum” and results from focus groups, and SO much more. BUT TRY TO FIND THIS DAMN TREE for sale! OMG!! well, HEPPY™ found the tree. it’s being delivered this year, 2021.

Height: 6′
Fruit size: about 1″
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 3-8
Remarks: virtually IMPOSSIBLE to find this tree (for sale, trade, scion); requires well-drained soil and full sun for fruiting; reddish brown bark; ideal for erosion control, restoration and revegetation projects.

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4. Canadian Plum, Prunus nigra

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the Canadian Plum is also known as the Black Plum and Canada Plum.

it is the most cold-hardy wild plum. the Canadian Plum tree grows in eastern North America from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota and southeastern Manitoba, and south as far as New Jersey to Iowa.
like most wild plums, the fruit’s skin-color vary fromred, orange-red or yellow. also, the fruit’s sweetness vs. tartness profile varies fromtree to tree. at least 5 American Indian tribes ate the fruit. twigs, branches and sometimes the fruit is very dark colored. hence the Latin term, ‘nigra’.

Height: 10-15′
Fruit size: about 1″
Grow As: single trunk tree but shrub/hedge is possible
Plant zone: 1-7
Remarks: very cold tolerant; wood is used by furniture craftsmen (“woodturners”); tolerates shade; appears in forested areas; the fruit is slightly elongated.

(Video) The Wild Plums of America

5. Chickasaw Plum, Prunus angustifolia

the Chickasaw Plum tree is also known as the Watson’s Plum, Hally Jolivette Cherry, Sand Plum, Sandhill Plum, Sand Hill Plum, Mountain Cherry tree.

highly varied Plum tree in every aspect: the fruit’s skin color ranges from red, orange-red or yellow; the fruit’s sweetness is hit-or-miss. will grow as a thicket-forming shrub or, can be grown as a single trunked tree.
arguably the second most popular wild Plum tree after the American Plum, Chickasaw Plum fruit is about the smallest of the 15 wild plums reviewed by HEPPY™.

Height: 10-20′
Fruit size: 1/4 to 1/2″
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 5-9
Remarks: grows in most sun and soil and conditions; thin-skinned fruit with a small seed.

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6. Creek Plum, Prunus rivularis

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the Creek Plum tree is also known as the River Plum and Thicket Plum tree. the scientific name, Prunus reverchonii (commonly called, Thicket Plum) leads to the Creek Plum, Prunus rivularis.

typically thicket-forming so it’s ideal for erosion control. is stems are thinner than most wild plums. the fruit is coloredyellow, bright red or crimson. the fruit’s taste is tart; i’ve not read a good review of the fruit.
HEPPY™ is using our Creek Plum tree for erosion control in a part-sunny location.

Height: up to 8′
Fruit size: 1/2 to 3/4″
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 6-10
Remarks: adaptable; short & sprawling tree, easy to form as a hedge; fruit is not remarkable for humans but is a rich food source for wildlife.

7. Havard's Plum, Prunus havardii

the Havard’s Plum tree is also known as Havard’s Almond and Havard’s Wild Almond tree.

the ultimate wild plum specialist AND native to only Texas (like the Murray’s Plum and Peachbush Plum trees).Havard’s Plum tree grows in the Trans-Pecos Mountains, which span from Southern New Mexico, through West Texas, and touches a portion of Northern Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert.
highly heat and drought tolerant, it grows as a small “stiffly-branched, spiny shrub….” it grows in limestone canyons and rocky slopes at 2500 to 5500 foot elevation.
i kept researching for the origin of it’s name! Havard’s Plum was collected by Dr. V. Havard, United States Army, in July, 1883, at Bone Springs near the Chisas Mountains.

Height: 5′
Fruit size: unclear; perhaps up to 3/4″ in size
Grow As: best as a shrub/hedge
Plant zone: 8 may be the coldest
Remarks: extremely rare; endemic to a small mountainous dry region; “most collections from the Big Bend area“.

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8. Hog Plum, Prunus umbellata

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the Hog Plum tree is also know as the Flatwoods Plum, Black Sloe Plum and Sloe Plum tree.

this wild plum is least cold-tolerant. it grows in the South, from Texas to North Carolina, to the Gulf. otherwise, it’s tolerant of shade/sun and various soils, as are most wild Plum trees.
i found no good remarks about eating the fruit fresh. making preserves is likely the best option.

Height: 15-20′
Fruit size: 3/4 to 1″
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 8-9
Remarks: not cold-tolerant.

9. Hortulan Plum, Prunus hortulana

the Hortulan Plum tree is also known as the Wild Plum tree.

this is a widely dispersed Plum tree, and the largest of all North American wild plums! most commonly found in central / central north US (densest in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri).
white dots on the fruit make identification easy; this tree’s fruit matures from Sept – October. fruit flavor varies, like so many wild Plums! reviews of the fruit’s flavor: “very sweet,” “agreeable flavour,” and “not very palatable.” fruit flavor is hit & miss so find trees with sweet fruit and gather the scion!

Height: up to 30′
Fruit size: over 1″
Grow As: single trunk tree
Plant zone: 5-9
Remarks: the tallest wild plum tree; produces large edible fruit; rarely suckers; wide-ranging tree so it’s adaptable.

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10. Klamath Plum, Prunus subcordata

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the Klamath Plum tree is also known as the Kellogg’s Klamath Plum, Oregon Plum, Pacific Plum, and Sierra Plum tree.

this specialist grows along the US West Coast. it grows in forests and near the ocean! it’s the only wild plum growing in Pacific US states, so identification is simpler. in August-September you can find good sized fruit, colored red / purple-red which also taste good!

Height: 15-20′
Fruit size: about 1+”
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 6-9
Remarks: good fruit flavor; the only wild plum in Pacific US states;

11. Mexican Plum, Prunus mexicana

the Mexican Plum tree grows like a cultivar (‘standard’) fruit tree: single trunk, and does not form thickets (it does not sucker). it’s a beautiful tree – rich and healthy leaf-growth and forms a nice shape.

the plum fruit’s taste is hit or miss. “varying palatability.” fruit color ranges from yellow, rose, lavender or purple. showy leaf-color in the fall. it’s an attractive and adaptive tree.

Height: 15-20′
Fruit size: about 1″
Grow As: single trunk tree.
Plant zone: 6-8
Remarks: does not sucker; attractive tree; gather scion from trees that produce flavorful fruit if fruit on your Mexican Plum tree is tart.

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12. Murray's Plum, Prunus murrayana

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the Murray’s Plum tree is also known as the Murray Plum tree.

Murray plum is so rare that since its discovery in the Davis Mountains in 1928, no one has seen it with fruit.” now, that’s rare!
the ultimate wild plum specialist AND native to only Texas (like the Havard’s and Peachbush Plum trees). the tree grows in the Davis, Del Norte and Glass Mountains in West Texas (within the Trans-Pecos Mountain range).
highly heat and drought tolerant. distinguished by white, pink or red colored flowers.

Height: 6-15′
Fruit size: 1/2 to 3/4″
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 7 may be the coldest (Northern) zone
Remarks: the rarest of all Plum trees; there’s no documentation of the fruit since it was first scientifically described; endemic to very small mountainous dry regions in the Trans-Pecos Mountains.

Unusual sources:
Flora of North America, Prunus murrayana
Benny J. Simpson’s, Texas Native Shrubs, Prunus murrayana

13. Oklahoma Plum, Prunus gracilis

the Oklahoma Plum tree is also known as the Sour Plum, and Sand Plum tree.

grows wild in central to south-central US. thicket-forming and not tall — excellent for hedgerow or windbreak. fruit is said to be “pulpy” and “poor eating quality as a fresh fruit.”

Height: up to 6′
Fruit size: 1/2 to 3/4″
Grow As: shrub/hedge
Plant zone: 5-9
Remarks: undesirable fruit; not easy to find for sale.

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14. Peachbush Plum, Prunus texana

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the Peachbush Plum tree is also known as the Texas Almond Cherry, Sand Plum, Texas Peachbush, Peach Bush, Peachbush, and Wild Peach tree.

another true specialist AND native to only Texas (like the Havard’s and Murray’s Plum trees). the Peachbush Plum tree grows in south-central Texas, in the Rio Grande Plains and Edwards Plateau.
highly heat and drought tolerant, it’s a short (dwarf) shrub with irregular branches. best identified by “young branches [that] are light grey and conspicuously covered with short, stiff hairs.”
it grows in at / below 2,000 foot elevation. this is far lower than the Havard’s Plum.

Height: conflicting information; perhaps up to 1/2 to 1″
Fruit size: 3′
Grow As: best as a shrub/hedge
Plant zone: 8 may be the coldest (Northern) zone
Remarks: extremely rare; endemic to a small mountainous dry region in the “Rio Grande Plains and Edwards Plateau“.

Unusual sources:
Flora of North America, Prunus texana
USDA, Journal of Agricultural Research, Nov. 10, 1913
Benny J. Simpson’s, Texas Native Shrubs, Prunus texana

15. Wild Goose Plum, Prunus munsoniana

the Wild Goose Plum tree is also known as the Big Tree Plum tree.

the Creek and Hortulan Plum trees are also called the “Wild Goose Plum.” however, the Creek, Hortulan and Wild Goose Plum trees have different scientific names (USDA PLANTS).

not too much is written about the Wild Goose Plum tree despite a wide distribution in the States! also, i see remarks on two trusted sites that the fruit taste good. “Thin skinned with a juicy aromatic flesh….” also, it produces a fruit colored yellow or orange! seems like this tree should be more common.
in the wild it grows as a multi-stemmed shrub / tree.

Height: up to 12′
Fruit size: 1 1/4″ (as in, over 1″!)
Grow As: shrub/hedge or single trunk tree
Plant zone: 5-9
Remarks: good fruit quality; produces a fruit that’s larger than most wild plums; produces an unusual colored fruit; a wild plum tree that grows wild across a wide range; and, not commonly sold. this tree ‘yells’ opportunity for sales (Framer’s Market, selling a niche tree, etc.).

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List of 15 Wild Plum Trees

Allegheny Plum, Prunus alleghaniensis
American Plum, Prunus americana
Beach Plum, Prunus maritima
Canadian Plum, Prunus nigra
Chickasaw Plum, Prunus angustifolia

Creek Plum, Prunus rivularis
Havard’s Plum, Prunus havardii
Hog Plum, Prunus umbellata
Hortulan Plum, Prunus hortulana
Klamath Plum, Prunus subcordata

Mexican Plum, Prunus mexicana
Murray’s Plum, Prunus murrayana
Oklahoma Plum, Prunus gracilis
Peachbush Plum, Prunus texana
Wild Goose Plum, Prunus munsoniana

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Is American Plum the same as wild plum? ›

The American Plum is also known as the Wild Plum, Wild Yellow Plum or the Red Plum. The leaves on the American Plum will grow as a fresh green color before turning red and pale yellow in autumn. The fruit of the American Plum will mature in August and September depending on your local climate.

Are wild plums OK to eat? ›

Wild plums can simply be eaten fresh as a raw snack, but are usually cooked as they are quite tart and sometimes even bitter. The plums are usually sweetened with sugar and preserved as jams, jellies, sauces, or syrups.

What is a wild plum called? ›

Prunus americana, commonly called the American plum, wild plum, or Marshall's large yellow sweet plum, is a species of Prunus native to North America from Saskatchewan and Idaho south to New Mexico and east to Québec, Maine and Florida.

What happened to wild plums? ›

There are no wild plums today because progress became their fate. Progress moved young'uns inside to play with electronic toys. They do not get summer tans from playing outside all day. Perhaps it is best that way because progress gobbled up most of the outside playgrounds.

Do wild plum trees self pollinate? ›

Darrell told me that typically plum trees require a co-pollinator. Plums typically do not set fruit without having received pollen by another of the same species. This pollen transfer, of course, is done by the bees, moths and other pollinators so there must have been other plum trees in the area many years ago.

How fast do wild plum trees grow? ›

Typically they grow somewhere between 2 and 5 feet the first year. Once they begin flowering and fruiting, growth slows way down and lots of small branches and root suckers develop. The root suckers can be very prolific.

What do wild plums taste like? ›

The taste of wild grown plum fruit ranges from tart to sweet but not bitter. They'll make you pucker initially because the skin of that plum is particularly tart while the meat or flesh of the plum runs sweet. Some say the taste of the American plum is sort of like a cross between a cherry and a plum.

Will wild plums ripen after picking? ›

Similar to other unripe fruits sold at the grocery store—like apricots, nectarines, and kiwis—plums continue to ripen after they're picked.

How long do wild plum trees live? ›

The best we could find out was that 10 to 15 years in the landscape was about the best you could hope for. Some orchards got as old as 30 years old, but that was not the usual thing. We found this article from the Texas Gardener Magazine by Dr.

Are wild plums poisonous? ›

ANSWER: You are correct that plants in the Genus Prunus (includes wild plums, cherries and peaches) are toxic to livestock and, in particular, ruminants. It is cyanide poisoning that is the problem and cyanide poisoning can kill quickly—within 15 minutes.

How tall does a wild plum tree grow? ›

Wild Plum is a shrub or small tree 3-8 m (3-24 ft) tall, and are usually forming thickets. The small branches are sometimes spiny. Leaves are alternate narrow to wedge-shaped, 1-5 inches long somewhat long-pointed, sharply and often doubly toothed.

Where do wild plum trees grow? ›

The American wild plum tree (Prunus americana) grows from Massachusetts, south to Montana, the Dakotas, Utah, New Mexico, and Georgia. It is also found in southeastern Canada. Growing wild plums is easy in North America, as they are very adapted to many types of regions.

Do deer like wild plums? ›

In addition to the leaf forage, wild plums produce a heavy fruit load most years that is extremely attractive to deer and other wildlife when it ripens in early to midsummer.

What animals eat wild plums? ›

In season, wild plums are eaten by wild turkeys, raccoons, opossums, skunks, black bears, foxes, coyotes, squirrels, cottontails, and whitetails.

How do I identify a wild plum tree? ›

Wild Plum - Identifying & Foraging American Plum (Prunus americana)

Do plum trees send out runners? ›

Plum trees are usually vigorous growers with a wide, laterally spreading root system that grows close to ground level, often producing numerous basal shoots or suckers within three feet of the trunk on all sides.

How do you propagate wild plums? ›

Propagation. If you have one wild plum and you want more, you can propagate the tree vegetatively by taking stem cuttings. Prunus species are among the easiest to root from cuttings. You can take a dormant hardwood cutting in the winter, softwood cuttings in spring, semi-hardwood cuttings in autumn, or root cuttings.

Where do plums grow best? ›

Plum trees grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 3–8. The American hybrid (Prunus americana) plum grows well in northern New England, while the Japanese (Prunus salicina) is more acclimatized to the warmer South and its short chill season. The European (Prunus domestica) grows well in both regions.

Do plum trees need a lot of water? ›

Young plum trees need to be watered at least once a week to promote healthy root growth. Once the tree is established, it requires regular watering, especially in the dry summer months. Deeply water your plum tree once every two to four weeks.

How long does it take a wild plum tree to produce fruit? ›

Most plum trees will need 3 to 6 years after planting before they mature enough to bear fruit. Dwarf varieties may start producing fruit 1 year sooner than standard varieties of plum trees. Some varieties of plum trees will yield red fruit when they are mature enough.

Are wild plums toxic to dogs? ›

The ASPCA's database of toxic plants lists plum trees as toxic to dogs, cats, and horses because of the cyanide content. Again, the main risk comes from the stem, leaves, and roots of the tree, and the pit of the fruit.

How do you remove pits from wild plums? ›

Cooking Tips : How to Pit Plums - YouTube

When should you pick wild plums? ›

From late May to midsummer, wild plums (Prunus americana and other species) are ready to be picked.

How many wild plums are in a pound? ›

Here is a quick conversion tip for cooking: 1 pound fresh plums equals 6 to 8 whole plums equals 2 ½ cups sliced equals 2 cups cooked.

Can you freeze wild plums? ›

Freezing plums is as easy as can be, and the fruit wedges will last up to six months in your freezer. Use your frozen plums to make jam or preserves, add them into smoothies, or eat the wedges straight out of the freezer for a cool treat. Here's how you can freeze plums to enjoy all year long.

Why do plums fall off tree before ripe? ›

There can be numerous reasons why a plum tree drops its fruit before it ripens: insects, disease, high winds, and stress ( too much water, too little water, lack of nutrients, poor drainage, weed competition, and excessive shade, for example).

Do plums get sweeter after picking? ›

Plums are picked before they're ripe and will ripen if allowed to sit on the countertop for a few days. You can also speed up the process by placing them in a brown paper bag. Does a plum's flavor change as it ripens? Unlike bananas and peaches, plums do not become noticeably sweeter as they ripen, only softer.

Are plum trees hard to grow? ›

Growing plum trees is not too difficult as long as you give them what they need. Plums require full sun and well-drained, sandy soil in order to thrive. They prefer a soil with a pH that ranges from 5.5 to 6.5.

Do you need 2 plum trees to produce fruit? ›

Plums are a stone fruit that are both delicious and beautiful. Most plum trees are not self-pollinating, so you will need to plant at least two plum trees to bear fruit. When planting a plum tree, it is important to make sure that the variety you choose will grow well in your climate.

Do plum trees fruit every year? ›

Fruit such as apples and plums may fruit in alternate years. This is known as biennial bearing. A generally poor crop, but vigorous growth. Performance may decline over several years.

Can you eat yellow wild plums? ›

Wild plums are common in the UK and as all members of the plum family are edible, they are a great fruit for new or nervous foragers to gather and eat!

Are wild plums sour? ›

Eating Wild Plums. Wild plum is very flavorful and tasty when you eat it. Wild plums taste sour and sweet. If the ones you have are tart or very sour, it is best if it is eaten after it is cooked, made into jams or jellies, and cooked with sugar to improve the flavor.

What Colour are wild plums? ›

Plum fruit varies in colour from purple to red and yellow to green.

How far apart should you plant American plum trees? ›

Space plants eight feet within rows and 16 feet between rows for farmstead and feedlot windbreak plantings. American plum can tolerate a wide range of soil types from sandy soils to poorly drained soils. Best conditions are a well-drained soil, sunny site for fruit production; however American plum can tolerate shade.

Will deer eat American plum? ›

Many herbivores, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, porcupines, and cottontails, will browse American plum.

Can you transplant wild plum trees? ›

Find a well-rooted sucker at least several feet tall that has enough roots to survive on its own, dig it up with as many roots intact as you can, transplant and water well until established.

Can you plant wild plum seeds? ›

When planting the fresh plum seeds, they should be 3 inches (8 cm.) deep in the soil. Mark where you have planted the pit so you can find it in the spring. Leave the plum pit outside through the winter months and watch for any sprouting; thereafter, keep the new plant moist and watch it grow.

What plant attracts deer the most? ›

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Plants that typically attract deer include red clover, chicory, and orchard grass. Certain high-protein crops, such as peas, soybeans, turnips, alfalfa, sorghum, kale, or corn, are also attractants that the animals enjoy feeding on.

What is the best fruit tree to plant for deer? ›

Apples and Crabapples – these are arguably some of the most well-known and best fruit trees for deer. Apples are full of sugars/carbohydrates, which helps whitetails pack on some fat before winter.

Do whitetail deer eat wild plums? ›

Plum. Plums are a deer's favorite fruit and having a plum tree will ensure that the animals will turn up for regular foraging. Another advantage of plum trees is that they produce fruit sooner than many other deer favorite fruit trees. Deer also like to eat the foliage of plum trees.

Do all wild plums have thorns? ›

You will have to be prepared for its prickles if you decide you want to plant one in a garden of native plants, as wild plums have thorny branches including the American wild plum (Prunus americana); you are most likely to encounter it.

How do you identify a wild plum? ›

Wild Plum - Identifying & Foraging American Plum (Prunus americana)

Are wild plums poisonous? ›

ANSWER: You are correct that plants in the Genus Prunus (includes wild plums, cherries and peaches) are toxic to livestock and, in particular, ruminants. It is cyanide poisoning that is the problem and cyanide poisoning can kill quickly—within 15 minutes.

Are American plum trees good for deer? ›

Besides offering good cover, the American plum has outstanding forage value for deer. The small, oval leaves are about 86% digestible to most herbivores.

Where can I find wild plums? ›

The Wild Plum is a fruit found via foraging throughout Stardew Valley in the Fall. It can also be grown from Fall Seeds and can be found at any time (randomly) in the Farm Cave if the fruit bat option is chosen.


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