American Plum

American Plum

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Lot location: 5B.1 (12-18" tall)

American plum, is a deciduous large shrub or small tree with a broad crown, reaching heights up to 15 feet. Fruits are red to yellow, almost globular edible plums about l inch in diameter. Flowers are white, 5-petaled, about 1 inch across, and borne singly or in clusters at the juncture of a stem and leaf. Leaves are alternate, broadly oval in shape with a sharply tapering tip, and sharply, often doubly toothed edges; they are generally 2 to 4 inches long on slender stalks, dark green above, pale and smooth below. The plant’s numerous stems are grayish and become scaly with age; its branches are more or less spiny with sharp- tipped twigs. The roots of American plum are shallow, widely spreading, and readily sprouting.