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Prunus americana, commonly called the American plum is a species native to North America from Saskatchewan and Idaho south to New Mexico, and east to Québec, Maine and Florida. This is a perfect plant for Ohio!


Grown as a large shrub or small tree, it reaches up to 15 feet. The shrub survives harsh winters, down to temperatures of -40F degrees, but has little tolerance for shade, drought, or fire. Good drainage is essential. It blooms heavily in spring and starts fruiting in summer. It is self-fertile but another plum tree blooming nearby will have a beneficial effect. 


The roots are shallow, widely spread, and send up suckers. The numerous stems per plant become scaly with age. The tree has a crown width and height of 10 feet at maturity. The branches are thorny. The small white flowers with five petals occur singly or in clusters. The globular fruits are about 1 in in diameter. (Plant description gleaned from Wikipedia and other sources.)


Our American plum trees were grown out from bare root seedlings acquried at the Franklin County 2023 Plant Sale. We also have a donated American plum growing onsite at CGS -- and it's filled out astonishingly FAST. It bloomed heavily in spring 2024 and the scent was lovely, especially in the evening. We are hopeful of seeing some fruit this year -- if the birds, deer, squirrels, raccoons, ETC. don't get it first!


  • Pickup is at the Columbus Garden School, 1350 E. Cooke Rd, Columbus OH 43224. Arrange a pickup time before coming to CGS by sending text or email first.

    Text 614-404-7236

  • Please pick up your plant(s) within 14 days of submitting your order. Plants not retrieved within 30 days of purchase are considered abandoned (no refunds) and will be donated at CGS discretion.


Slight size differences in plants. You choose your plant when you come for pickup (or let us pick for you). First come, first served! No holds without payment. When they're gone, they're GONE!

American Plum Tree - 3g pot

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