Hardy, deciduous North American small tree or multi-stemmed shrub
Description: A profusion of small, white, fragrant flowers in spring is followed by small (1/2”), edible, yellow to red fruits; glossy, bright green, narrow foliage; occasionally thorny.
Habit: Grows in thickets up to 10’ high and wide remove root suckers to control spread.
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and average, well-drained soil.
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5.
Origin: Southern United States
Attributes: Attracts Birds and Butterflies, Edible Fruits
Called “Cherokee plumb” by Thomas Jefferson, this tough, prolific fruit tree is native to the southern United States. Jefferson received this plum from nurseryman Robert Bailey of Washington and planted it at Monticello on March 17 and 18, 1812. He also included it in a list of edible native plants in his book, Notes on the State of Virginia (1780s). The tart, acidic fruits are best when cooked or preserved, and are also attractive to birds. The mass of white flowers in spring are magnets for bees and butterflies.
This plant will ship bare root. Two year seedling is approximately 2' tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.