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Prunus subcordata

Prunus subcordata Benth.

Klamath Plum

Rosaceae (Rose Family)


USDA Symbol: PRSU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Thicket-forming shrub or small tree to 20 feet with short trunk, stiff, crooked, nearly horizontal branches, and reddish-purple plums.

This is the only wild plum in the Pacific states and is easily identified when in fruit. The fruit, often borne in quantities, is eaten fresh or dried and in preserves and jellies. Sheep and deer browse the foliage.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr


Native Distribution: W. and S. Oregon south to central California in Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada; to 6000' (1829 m).
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes in moist valleys.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Prunus subcordata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prunus subcordata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prunus subcordata


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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