Prunus americana

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Wild Plum


Plant Specifics

Size:to 30 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Purple
Phenology:Winter deciduous. Blooms in spring.


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Birds, squirrels, and other animals eat the fruit, and deer may browse the foliage, but the plant is not generally considered ideal food for either.  It is used for hiding and nesting.

Pollinated by bees.

Attracts butterflies.

Larval host for the Coral Hairstreak, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Red-Spotted Purple, Spring/Summer Azures, and Viceroy butterflies.