Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1157

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in upland forests, bottomland forests, fencerows, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Usually white
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Red/Rarely yellow
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Prunus americana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Prunus americana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-22-003a:
Prunus americana var. americana   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
American Plum, Wild Plum


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pram_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_pram_005_lvd

        

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John B. Nelson    jbn_8648001455_6fb5d98acf

April    Edgefield County    SC

Flowers larger than those of P. angustifolia and P. umbellata, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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John B. Nelson    jbn_8649104180_786d6900ae

April    Edgefield County    SC

Flowers about 1" in diameter, borne in umbels of 2-5 flowers, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Prunus americana

JK Marlow    jkm140411_828

April    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Prunus americana

JK Marlow    jkm140411_829

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140411_830

April    Spartanburg County    SC

A shrub or small tree, to 10m, sometimes forming small groves, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Prunus americana

JK Marlow    jkm140411_833

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Short lateral twigs often ending in a thorn, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.