The wild plum tree is a beautiful as well as edible fruit-producing species. This member of the Rose family has a bushy appearance, with red to brown bark, thorny branches, and slender twigs. It typically flowers from April to May, producing attractive, dainty white blooms that range from three-quarters of an inch to just under two inches in size, with five petals each. These beautiful blooms form in clusters of two to five flowers each. The wild plum’s dense flower production creates an impressive, round and bushy appearance, almost as though a natural snowfall has covered the tree.
From late summer to early fall the tree produces red or yellow fruit with distinctive tiny pale spots. The fruit is edible, with juicy yellow flesh inside, and the flavor varies among cultivars. These plump delights grow in groups of one to five fruits. The dark green leaves accompanying the fruiting phase are up to two inches full by four inches long, causing the tree takes on a rugged, untamed look.
It does best on well-draining soil and is an excellent choice for windbreaks and general landscaping beautification. Due to its thick, slightly tangled foliage structure, this tree is an excellent choice to add visual interest to any yard. This species may live approximately 12 to 15 years and typically requires little maintenance, offering the ability to withstand heavy pruning when necessary. Prunus americana takes easily to transplanting, making it simple to give it a healthy start in the ground once it arrives at your home.