Wildgoose Plum (Prunus hortulana) in the Plums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 6b
Plant Height: 12 to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Location: southwest Ohio in Solomon Gamboa's nurseryDate: September 2018shot of fruit from Solomon
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 15, 2019 3:59 PM

This wild plum species is native to southwest Ohio, southern Indiana, southern-central-western Illinois, much of Missouri, eastern Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. It is very similar to the American Plum and several other wild plums of North America. Its leaves are 4 to 6 inches long with slender orange stems and become golden in fall color. The white flowers are to 1 inch across in clusters of 2 to 4 with orange at the base, blooming after the leaves unfold. The plums are shiny red or occasionally shiny yellow and about 1 inch in diameter, ripening in mid-September through October. It is fast growing of about 2 feet/year and lives about 35 to 65 years. It has a shallow, fibrous root system and transplants easily. There is a good number of cultivars chosen for good edible fruit.

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