American Plum Tree

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Scientific Name:
Prunus americana
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The Small Wild Plum

Why American Plum?

The American plum, Prunus americana, though typically a multi-stemmed shrub, can grow into a small tree and reach up to 20” tall. The tree blooms white fragrant flowers in the early spring and red-colored plums that grow over the summer, which can be used in jams and jellies. The tree is the perfect way to welcome summer with opening arms and enhance the beauty of your backyard.

The fruits are edible and used in making jams, jellies, preserves, and even wine. Despite the sour outer skins, the plums taste sweet and tart when eaten fresh and can also be pitted and dried like prunes to make Kershaw (fruit leather).

Prunus americana grows on the edges of woodlands and prairies and prefers an acidic, well-drained loamy soil. It grows well in full sun or partial shade and doesn’t require much upkeep 

The wild plum tree is easy to transplant and can be grown from seeds. The plant has fruit every year that ripens from August to September, while flowering occurs in April and May.  


It is generally recommended to wait to fertilize a bare root plant until it has been established in the ground and is actively growing. This can vary depending on the type of plant and the growing conditions, but it is generally best to wait at least a few weeks to a few months after planting.

During the first year, you should focus on providing the plant with the right amount of water, sunlight and soil to help it become established. Once the plant has become established and is actively growing, you can begin to fertilize it.

You can use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer or one that is specifically formulated for the type of plant you have. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package and apply it at the recommended rate.

It is also important to note that over-fertilizing can be harmful to plants, so it's always best to error on the side of caution and start with a lower amount of fertilizer and increase as needed.

Key Specifications

The following are some of the key specifications of American Plum (Prunus americana):

  • Size: Can grow up to 15-25 feet tall and wide
  • Foliage: Deciduous, dark green leaves
  • Flowers and fruit: White flowers in spring, followed by small red to purple plums in summer
  • Growth habit: Upright and spreading
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade
  • Soil: Adaptable to a range of soils, but prefers well-drained soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH
  • Hardiness: Zones 3-8
  • pH level: Adaptable to a wide range of pH levels, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil
  • Pruning: Can be pruned in late winter or early spring before new growth begins
  • Pest and diseases: Susceptible to pests such as plum curculio, and diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot.


American Plum (Prunus americana) is typically self-fertile and does not require a pollinator for fruit production. However, having multiple plants in close proximity can improve fruit set and increase overall yield. The flowers of American Plum are hermaphroditic, which means that they have both male and female reproductive organs, which allows them to self-pollinate. However, cross-pollination from another variety can also improve fruit quality and size. The flowers are pollinated by insects such as bees, flies and beetles. It is a good idea to have a good population of pollinators in your area to ensure good fruit set.

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  • 5

    Posted by Kate on 07/06/22

    Very healthy root system! The tree is a bit smaller than I expected but the roots are more developed than larger plum trees purchased from other tree stores.

  • 5
    Wild Plum Tree

    Posted by Darin Dillon on 05/11/22

    Yes! I love the trees ordered plus received. I am eager to get them planted and soon see very edible fruit for eating. Thanks to all at the Tree Store for your expedience, professionalism and such wonderful products!

  • 4
    Wild plum

    Posted by Bill on 05/01/19

    Time will tell, followed the planting instructions and now waiting. I did order 2 but only recieved one but you gave me a tree so I guess it worked out ok.

  • 4
    Wild plum

    Posted by Bill on 05/01/19

    Time will tell, followed the planting instructions and now waiting. I did order 2 but only recieved one but you gave me a tree so I guess it worked out ok.

  • 5
    ready to plant

    Posted by Rex on 09/02/17

    got my 2 trees in a box from USPS planted and started growing