Beach Plum
Prunus maritima

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: maritima (muh-RIT-tim-muh) (Info)
Synonym:Prunus maritima var. maritima
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Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Halifax, Massachusetts

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Pembroke, Massachusetts

Brooklyn, New York

Hermitage, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

On Jun 24, 2014, HeatherY from Kensington, NY wrote:

The two beach plums I have had in my backyard for about five years are not trouble free and do not produce any fruit.

Once again this year I am defending them from aphids. Last year there was one little white flower, and no fruit, this year no flowers. One is abut four feet tall and four feet around, the other is about three and a half feet tall and two feet around, and seems to have more ants and aphids than the other one.

They are supposed to be self fertile. they have never given even one of the olive size fruits most people find disapointing-I would settle for that.

Neutral

On Jan 30, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fruits are edible and dark purple. Aminals love them too. Shrub-like habit. Flowers appear in May and are mildly fragrant. Leaves can be used as a yellow dye. Drought tolerant.