Prunus angustifolia

Chickasaw Plum

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Chickasaw Plum is a native multibranched deciduous shrub or small tree with toothed bright green leaves and thorny branches.  Small fragrant white flowers bloom before the foliage emerges in spring and are followed by showy cherry-like edible berries that ripen in mid-summer to red or yellow.  While the berries can be eaten raw they are astringent and tart and better used in jellies or canning.  Blooms best in rich, moist well-drained acidic soils. The foliage is particularly toxic when it is wilting.

Prunus angustifolia is a host for the Coral Hairstreak, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple, Spring Azure, and Viceroy butterflies.  Adult butterflies and bees browse the flowers and the fruits are enjoyed by various wildlife.

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

4' - 20'

Spread: 

4' - 20’

Spacing: 

12’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

Spring, Summer

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Water regularly.  May spread by root suckers if not promptly removed.  Watch for Plum curculio, brown rot, leaf spot, canker and black knot.  Potential pests include aphids, scale, and borers.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Gardens, Wildlife Garden, Foundation Plantings, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Clethra, Cephalanthus, Itea

IMAGE: Homer Edward Price, Prunus angustifolia 2CC BY 2.0

 

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