Flatwoods Plum, Black Sloe, Hog Plum
Prunus umbellata

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: umbellata (um-bell-AY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

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

Light 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:

Deciduous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Lake Wales, Florida

Lamont, Florida

Orlando, Florida (2 reports)

Coushatta, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 20, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have just planted this plum tree this spring. It had a decent bloom, but did not produce any little plums as I had hoped. The bees were very attracted to the flowers. The bark is a deep, shiny mahogany color typical of the plum and cherry trees. The tree will drop its leaves in the fall, flower in early spring (~ Feb. in Zone 9B here in FL), and then leaf out for the summer. Birds like the small fruits and they are edible to humans, though they can be somewhat sour/bitter. I am waiting to see what this tree does next spring after it has had a chance to get established a little bit.