Prunus geniculata

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Scrub Plum


Plant Specifics

Size:4-12 ft tall by 4-6 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in late winter. Clonal.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant in a dry setting or grow as part of a scrub garden. This plant has very interesting zigzag branches which provide considerable winter interest.
Considerations:Slow growing.
Propagation:Seed. Division (naturally clonal).
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very 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:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Birds eat the fruit and are the primary dispersers.  


Pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby high pine.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruit is said to be bitter.
General Comments:

This is an endangered species. Please acquire only from reputable nurseries.

Endemic to the central ridges, esp. the Lake Wales Ridge.