At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Prunus americana
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow to red
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: March
Shape: Broad and spreading
Bark: Dark reddish-brown
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 8
Size: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Care: Medium to dry, well drained soil

The American Plum is a lovely little tree that flourishes in dry or rocky soils, frequently found along streams, in pastures, within woodlands, and around abandoned farms. Native to eastern North America, this specimen has also been found in sporadic populations that have cropped up in Midwestern regions including New Mexico and Utah. Also known as “Wild Plum” and “Large Yellow Sweet Plum”, Prunus Americana is a member of the Rosaceae botanical family. It has the ability to survive even when planted beyond its natural range, and can adopt a pioneering attribute. The American Plum has also produced a number of various cultivars.

With both a height and spread ranging from 15-25 ft., this species is cultivated either as a large shrub or tall tree. Resilient in numerous soil and site conditions, the American Plum has a 3-8 hardiness zone rating, is partial to medium to dry, well-drained soils, and flourishes in full sun to partial shade. Though winter hardy, it shows less tolerance for shade, excessive drought, or fire. It propagates primarily by its seeds, though its shallow roots can enable the creation of multiple stems and suckers.

The American Plum’s thorny branches spread out broadly, adorned with deciduous dark green foliage that evolves to autumnal shades of gold and fiery crimson. Its bark is dark reddish-brown, complimented by the tree’s small snow-white March flowers, five-petaled with golden anthers, blossoming either singly or in clusters. In the early summer, the flowers are replaced by fruits: edible reddish-orange plums with an intense yellow pulp, which attract a variety of wildlife and contribute to the American Plum’s ornamental beauty. Since they are not particularly sweet, these plums are usually savored in preserves, jams, and jellies.

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