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Pictures shown are mature trees for sake of reference. 

This product is sold in seedling size (18-24") bundles of 25.

(Not full grown)


American plum, also called Wild plum is a small, fast-growing, short-lived, colony-forming native tree, commonly found along fencerows, open fields, and roadsides. Abundant tiny white flowers open before the leaves emerge in spring. Plums appear in late summer. The American plum is a small, deciduous single or multi-stemmed shrub. It is fast-growing and short-lived, typically from 15 to 30 years. Tiny pinkish-white flowers are abundant in the spring and have an unpleasant odor. Plums with a pink to red outer skin form in the late spring.


  • Family (English)Rose
  • Family (botanic)Rosaceae
  • Planting site: Residential and parks, Under utility lines; American plum prefers well-drained moist soils but can also tolerate alkaline, acidic, and clay soils. It can also tolerate dry sites, salt spray, poor drainage, wet sites, and drought. It is typically found growing along roadsides, fields, and fence rows. American plums are also seen as aggressive and can be high maintenance due to their excessive sucker growth and the ability to grow in thickets.
  • Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
  • Native locale: North America
  • Size range: Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Mature height: 15-25 feet
  • Mature width: 15-25 feet
  • Light exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones: Zone 3 - 8
  • Soil preference: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances: Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Dry sites, Wet sites
  • Season of interest: Early spring, mid spring, early fall, mid fall
  • Flower color and fragrance: White
  • Shape or form: Thicket-forming
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Transplants well: Yes
  • Planting considerations: Aggressive, Excessive sucker growth
  • Wildlife: Birds, Browsers, Insect pollinators, Medium mammals, Small mammals


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American Plum - bundle of 25

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  • All items are available until sold out and subject to change according to nursery availability. If there is a change, SWCD will notify the customer within a resonable amount of time ahead of the tree pick up date, if possible. No cancellations after February 15, 2024. All stock is subject to the same condition Morrison SWCD receives from our nurseries. Therefore, Morrison SWCD accepts no responsibility regarding survival of stock and makes no provisions for replacements.

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