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PlantFiles: 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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Edible Fruits and Nuts

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative HeatherY 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 smiln32 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.


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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