Prunus angustifolia

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Chickasaw Plum


Plant Specifics

Size:15-20 ft tall  by 15-20 ft wide with new plants growing from rhizomes (underground stems) to form thickets of substantial width
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Orange
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Plant as a screen where its suckers are welcome (woodland edges, casual but large garden settings)
Considerations:Spreads by underground stems forming clumps small thickets. Individual trees are fairly short-lived but the thicket is long-lived. When short-shoots die off, they can be thorny.
Propagation:Seed or harvest of suckers.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Circum-neutral



Birds, squirrels and other animals eat the fruit.


Flowers attract bees.  Documented bee visitors include Dialictus placideizsis, Hylaeus conflzeizs, Euylaezcs pectoralis and Epeolzcs zonatus (Deyrup et al. 2002). 

Native Habitats:Woodland edges, fencerows, open woods. Also cultivated.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

If a single plant of similar stature and flowers is desired, consider flatwoods plum, Prunus umbellatus.

Based on BONAP and ISB maps, the range of this species covers much of the southern and south central US with some outliers to the north and west. In Florida, it has been documented in many counties in the northern half of the state, and this author is aware of it being in others.  It appears to be appropriate to consider this species native throughout this part of the state.