American Plum - Prunus americana - Zone 4
The American plum is native to the eastern and central United States and southern parts of Canada from Saskatchewan to Quebec. Its potential range extends far beyond that. It is the next best pollinator after the Canada plum and our seedlings come from a tree that has been proven to give excellent quality fruit and is one of the most productive we’ve ever seen.
These trees will pollinate all American and Japanese hybrids. They are bushy trees that tend towards more of a multi-trunked shrub form, particularly in the northern parts of their range. The root system is shallow and extensive, producing many suckers. The plums have a stunning pinkish/red exterior and yellow flesh, about 3 centimetres in diameter. The quality of fruit is variable but always good for jellies, preserves and fruit leather. Fragrant flowers are white and extremely showy and aromatic.
|Height at maturity||4.5 metres (15 feet)|
|Spacing||4 metres (12-15 feet)|
|Soil||moist, well drained|
|Sun / shade||Full sun|
|Harvest||Late August to Early-September|
|Average fruit weight|
|Years to bear fruit||6|
|Latin name||Prunus americana|
|Average diameter of fruit||3 cm|
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