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Plant Name:

American Plum

Scientific Name:

Prunus americana


American Plum is a small deciduous tree or shrub with white flowers and red or yellow fruits.


Open woodlands, forest edges, stream banks


Provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. The fruits are consumed by many animals.

Growing Conditions:

Thrives in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.


American Plum fruits are used in jams, jellies, and baked goods. It is also planted for erosion control and wildlife habitat.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Ripe fruits (American plums) can be eaten raw or cooked

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Fun Facts:

American Plum is an important plant for pollinators, attracting bees, butterflies, and other insects with its flowers. The fruits are enjoyed by birds and mammals, and the tree provides nesting sites for birds.

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