General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 15 - 25 feet but most often seen in the wild as a 4 - 10 foot thicket forming shrub; suckers to form large colonies.
Plant Spread: 6 - 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: 1/2 to 3/4 inch yellow cherry-like plums, ripening to red.
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Erosion control
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Chickasaw Plum
  • Sandhill Plum
  • Plum
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Prunus angustifolia
  • Synonym: Prunus insititia
  • Synonym: Prunus angustifolia var. angustifolia

Photo Gallery
Location: My greenhouse, Florida
Date: 2020-02-05
in bloom now

photo by Mary Keim, courtesy of NC Cooperative Extension: https:/
Location: Mississippi
Date: 2014-03-11
Early blooms in spring, immediately preceeding leaf out
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