Prunus murrayana Palmer
Murray's Plum, Murray Plum
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: PRMU2
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Often found as a thicket-forming shrub up to about 6 feet tall. May grow as a single-trunked tree up to about 15 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Native Habitat: Hillsides, Slopes, Canyons
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Acid-based, Igneous, Sandy, Sandy Loam
BenefitUse Ornamental: Understory tree, Accent shrub
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Browse
Warning: The seeds of all Prunus species, found inside the fruits, contain poisonous substances and should never be eaten. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
BibliographyBibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 1 - Texas Native Shrubs (2002) Texas A&M University Agriculture Program and Leslie Finical, Dallas Arboretum
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Prunus murrayana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prunus murrayana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prunus murrayana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff