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
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.

To the best of our knowledge there is no information on salt tolerance available, but given where the plant grows, there is not reason to think that it would be salt tolerant.