Chickasaw Plum (Prunus angustifolia)

  • Grown occasionally with a single leader and used as a street tree, Chickasaw Plum is usually seen growing as a multi-trunked tree, sprouting from the base to form a thicket. 
  • Growing 12-20 feet tall and wide, it makes a nice addition to the shrub border in the back yard and is well suited for planting around the patio or deck although it does not form a neat crown which often leans to one side or the other.
  • A North American native tree, Chickasaw Plum is very easily grown and has no special cultural requirements. It tolerates drought, sandy or clay soil but does poorly in alkaline pH. These small trees grow quickly but have a relatively short life. This should not stop you from planting the tree since it serves the landscape well during its life.
  • In spring, before the one to two-inch-long leaves appear, Chickasaw Plum is festooned with small, white, fragrant flowers which make the trees quite decorative in the presence of other trees which are often still dormant. The small fruits which follow are red, ripening to yellow, and are extremely popular with both humans and wildlife. The plums are either eaten fresh or used to make a delicious jelly.

Information Source:  Chickasaw Plum (Prunus angustifolia)

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