Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4387

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it in dry rocky woodlands, shale barrens, primarily over calcareous or mafic rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Armed with spinose spur shoots

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate
Margins sharply but minutely serrate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Flowers have pedicels.
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Dark purple
Drupe

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Prunus alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Prunus alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Prunus umbellata

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Prunus alleghaniensis

 

COMMON NAME:
Allegheny Plum, Allegheny Sloe


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image of Prunus alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis, Allegheny Plum, Allegheny Sloe

Kevin Caldwell    kev_p_allegheniensis1

April    Rutherford County    NC

Leaves lanceolate to nearly elliptic, and sharply but minutely serrate, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Prunus alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis, Allegheny Plum, Allegheny Sloe

Kevin Caldwell    kev_p_allegheniensis2

April    Rutherford County    NC

Can easily be confused with Hog Plum (P. umbellata) if fruit isn't visible, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Prunus alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis, Allegheny Plum, Allegheny Sloe

Kevin Caldwell    kev_p_allegheniensis3

April    Rutherford County    NC

Flowers white and rather small, about ½” across, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.