Plum, American


Prunus americana

American plum is a small tree/large shrub. Delicate white flowers turn into small edible fruit. It suckers readily and spreads from roots. It is more common in prairie regions, but does well in northern Minnesota. It does have sharp spines, and is sometimes confused for European buckthorn, a tough invasive.

American plum is often planted for landscaping, erosion control, wildlife, and pollinator habitat. It is a good tree for tough sites, including urban soils.


  • Size: 18"-24"
  • # per Bundle: 25
  • Soil Type: sandy loam, clay loam
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Moisture: moderate
  • Height: 10'-30'
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, October 18th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the SWCD office. A link is available to join virtually by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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