Flatwoods Plum

Prunus umbellata

(Tree)

 

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Profile for the Flatwoods Plum

Type of Plant: Deciduous small tree or shrub with a height range of 18 to 20 feet and a spread of 8-12 feet. White, showy flowers emerge in spring typically appearing before leaves.  Produces round fruit.
Habitat: Woodland edges, dry hammocks, disturbed roadsides, fencerows, and open fields.
Distribution: Throughout north Florida, southward to about Highlands county. Zones 5-9.
Landscape Use: Performs best in naturalistic settings or where large, dense shrubbery is required.  Good for soil stabilization and for roadside beautification.
Wildlife Benefit: Good for wildlife cover and food source for some birds and mammals.
Soil: Occurs naturally in dry to moist, sandy soil with a pH 5.0 to 7.5.
Light: Full sun.
Water: Performs best in well-drained soil.
Misc: Similar to Chickasaw plum (Prunus angustifolia) but has purplish fruit, has a solitary trunk, and does not form dense colonies.

 

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