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PlantFiles: Chickasaw Plum
Prunus angustifolia

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Campfiredan On Dec 13, 2009, Campfiredan from Alachua, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have the "Guthrie" selection which bore fruit last year (second year I had it). It has a single-trunk habit and a sweet, desert quality, yellow, golf ball sized fruit. Nice as any other plum from the grocery store. The seeds sprouted easily in damp moss so it is going to be interesting to see if the seedlings have the same high quality fruit as the parent.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Aug 12, 2009, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

A wonderful native shrub and a great choice for planting under power lines or in other areas where a relatively short tree is desired.

They can be interplanted with Redbud Trees (Cercis canadensis) and Dogwoods (Cornus florida) for simultaneous flowering times, along with azaleas and camelias.

Chickasaw Plum trees DO sucker, but not so badly as to be "invasive" in my opinion. They will have one or two sucker plants come up from the root system within about 6 ft of the parent plant just about each year. The suckers are easily dug and transplanted and also respond well to being potted up to pass along to other gardeners.


Positive michaeladenner On Jul 7, 2006, michaeladenner from Deland, FL wrote:

One of the few flowering, small trees that grows in the deep/coastal South. Fairly slow to grow -- mine is about 5 feet after 4 years. That's a very slow growth rate for trees in Central Florida. Eventually they reach 15 feet, but, as one commentator remarks here, that's about the time they begin to decline. No fear -- they are pretty prolific self-sowers. Dig them up to share. I don't know them to sucker, as another remarks. Perhaps these are just seedlings.

My friend has dozens of these growing in large clumps (mostly as undergrowth in partial shade) throughout her yard. In the spring, the show of tiny white flowers that covers every branch is remarkable -- typically right around the time that azaleas bloom. Older specimens produce quite a lot of fruit, but it takes several years. (See my photo.) The fruit has very high wildlife value, and though it makes some ok jam, it's better left to the birds.

Though deciduous, its bark has a fairly good ornamental value -- it peels to reveal tan wood beneath cinammon-colored bark.

This is one tough and carefree tree, plus a native to most of the Southeast.

Positive tsb On Apr 9, 2006, tsb from Southern Pines, NC wrote:

Excellent fruit, no maintenance, beautiful flowers. Grows wild in Carolina Sandhills on dry, sandy ridgelines and abandoned agricultural fields. Very hardy species.

Positive escambiaguy On Sep 12, 2005, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have a few of these trees and they are fairly common in my area. The fruit varies from tree to tree, some have larger more juicy fruit than others. My best one was blown down by hurricane Ivan, but I let one of the suckers grow to form a new tree. The suckers can get annoying, but mine are growing in the middle of my lawn, so I just mow them with the grass. I have found aphids to be problem in some years, and the trees are also susceptible to black knot disease.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jun 25, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Though they are relatively short lived, the snowy spring show is worth the effort. When a clump is well established, young trees are always available to replace the ones that die of old age.
Bees and Butterflies gather pollen and nectar, and other wildlife enjoy the cherries. Branches can be forced into flower for floral arrangements, thus extending the blooming period. Size is ideal for small yards, too.
This is one of my very favorite small trees.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 29, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Wonderful tree common to the Southeast. Flowers are white and bloom in early spring.

Prunus Angustifolia is a deciduous multi-stemmed shrub or small tree which occurs in thickets, pastures, fields, fencerows, stream banks and disturbed areas. It produces suckers to form large colonies.

The fruits are small and appear in early to mid summer. They can be eaten, but are tart. Jellies would probably be a better use for them than fresh eating.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama
Huntington, Arkansas
Alachua, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Deland, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Milton, Florida
Orlando, Florida (2 reports)
Umatilla, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Deridder, Louisiana
Greenville, North Carolina
Southern Pines, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Belton, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Tremonton, Utah

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