The wild plum is a native tall shrub to small tree which is thorny, winter-hardy, and thicket-forming. Edible fruit used to make preserves and jellies.
Crown height: 8 to 10 feet
Crown Width: 8 to 10 feet
Cold Hardiness: USDA Zone 3
Water: Fair to good drought tolerance
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Conservation/Windbreaks: Medium to tall shrub for farmstead windbreaks, highway and riparian plantings.
Wildlife: Important to songbirds and animals for nesting, loafing, and bedding area. Fruit is not preferred food for songbirds and game birds. Twigs and foliage browsed by deer.
Food: Fruit eaten fresh and processed as preserves and jellies:
Medicinal: Used by Native Americans to treat skin abrasions.
Pests: Common diseases include stem decay, branch cankers, black knot, and plum pockets. Extracts of leaves and flowers are toxic to various pests.