Audubon® American Plum
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Mark the arrival of spring with a blizzard of snow-white Plum blossoms! This spritely native fruit tree will light up your landscape each year. More than just a pretty picture, though, Wild Plum is a boon to wildlife. The flowers provide nectar and pollen to honey bees, bumblebees, mining bees, carpenter bees, and sweat bees, and the small, sweet-tart fruits feed grouse, jays, quail, and foxes (and you!). Best of all for birds, however, is the habitat that Wild Plum supplies. The dense, twiggy growth is ideal for low-canopy-nesting birds, such as mockingbirds, vireos, Brown Thrashers, cardinals, Mourning Doves, and sparrows.
May Benefit & Attract: Grouse, blue jays, quail, mockingbirds, vireos, thrashers, cardinals, Mourning Doves, and sparrows.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (18-24" tall) container grown
Size A (3' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Wild Plum, a.k.a. American Plum, brightens wild spaces over much of the United States. Its natural range extends from New Hampshire to Florida and west to Montana and Oklahoma. Left to its own devices, this small tree sends up suckers all around the parent plant and becomes a dense thicket. These shrubby oases are prime habitat for quail, who often need to take cover from hawks and other predators. The fruits are a bonus for them! Songbirds appreciate Wild Plum not only for the nesting habitat it affords, but also for the caterpillars it supplies. These insects make choice baby food for their chicks.
Another creature that appreciates Wild Plum is the incredible Cecropia moth, which lays its eggs on the leaves. With a wingspan of up to seven inches, it is North America’s largest moth species. To see one is an unforgettable experience!
How to Grow
Wild Plum is not difficult to grow, and with a little bit of care, it will grow very quickly indeed. Give it as much sun as you can; it will also tolerate light shade. Good drainage is crucial with Plum Trees—be careful not to plant them too deep and never site them in a spot that stays constantly wet. Your tree will need regular water during the first year or two of establishment, but it will be fairly drought tolerant after that. If you’d like to maintain your Wild Plum as a single-stemmed tree, be sure to remove (pull or prune) suckers when they appear.
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