The wild plum grows as a large shrub or small tree, reaching up to 4.6 m. It is adapted to coarse- and medium-textured soils, but not to fine soils. The shrub is winter-hardy, but has little tolerance for shade, drought, or fire. Its growth is most active in spring and summer, and it blooms in midspring. It propagates by seed, but the rate of spread by seed is slow.
The wild plum is used for both ornamental and culinary purposes. The white flowers are decorative in spring and its short, single leader makes it a popular residential landscape tree. Sargent says of it: "As an ornamental plant P. americana has real value; the long wand-like branches form a wide, graceful head which is handsome in winter and in spring is covered with masses of pure white flowers followed by ample bright foliage and abundant showy fruit.
Join me for Floral Friday Fotos by linking your flower photos below, and please leave a comment once you have done so!
thay are really nice. And useful as it seems. I wonder if the fruit is good as well?ReplyDelete
I've seen plum trees but never in bloom. Reminds me cherry flowers.ReplyDelete
Same here. Do regular plum trees have a different flower? In one of my previous houses I lived in, the neighbor had a plum tree, with a huge overhanging branch in our yard, but I can't remember seeing the flowers of it.ReplyDelete
Hi Nick, I've been so enamored with the wild plums I saw in the highlands of Turkey. It is really full of white flowers that i can't seem to leave! very beautifulReplyDelete
They're nice. They look like crab apples at first glance. When spring comes, we'll see them here again. :-)ReplyDelete
delicate and pretty.ReplyDelete
They are lovely! Thanks for hosting.ReplyDelete
This is a lovely bloom! I love the delicacy of the petals and the coloring...ReplyDelete
It's very beautiful! I'd love to have one in my yard. :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful... Spring is in the air!! :)ReplyDelete
Just wonderful !ReplyDelete
Wonderful flowers, sooo gorgeous ..ReplyDelete
Love greetings, Karin
So beautiful! It would look so pretty in my yard.ReplyDelete
how pristine, the prunusReplyDelete
come to my house in Dec and Jan, I will shout you a zillion plums.ReplyDelete
What exquisite blossoms, Nick - a real treat to the eye.ReplyDelete
What beautiful flowers!ReplyDelete
Spring seems such a long way off for us, pretty capture.ReplyDelete
I know exactly how these blossoms smell--heavenly!ReplyDelete