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)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.

Jeremy

Positive

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 severa... read more

Positive

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

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

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

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.