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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Prunus umbellata Ell.
Hog plum, Flatwoods plum
USDA Symbol: prum
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Small tree with short trunk and broad, compact, flattened crown of slender branches; sometimes a thicket-forming shrub.
The wild plums of this species are gathered for making jellies and jams. The scientific name describes the flower clusters, known as umbels, that are rounded, with equal stalks like an umbrella.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Flower:
Flower 1 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TN , TX Native Distribution:
S. North Carolina south to central Florida, west to S. Arkansas and E. Texas; to 1000 (305 m). Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Acid-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam
Blooms ornamental, Wildflower meadow, Accent tree
or shrub Conspicuous Flowers:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2010-04-19
Research By: TWC Staff