Copyright Leaf Group Ltd. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. Use sticky traps to ensnare the Eating a ripe, juicy ‘Methley’ plum right off the tree. Sand hill plums make good jelly, jam and wine. Growing wild plums is easy in North America, as they are very adapted to many types of regions. Enjoy your plums straight from the branch, or bake them into desserts. The fruit of the American Plum will mature in August and September depending on your local climate. It is often planted by birds who flock to the fruits when they are season. The roots of this shrub also hold soil in place, making it a wise choice for erosion control. Chickasaw plum, which is rarely found growing in the wild in Texas, also grows in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Illinois, east through Louisiana, Florida and New Jersey, and north into Maryland and Delaware. The information provided using this web site is only intended to be a general summary of information to the public. )-A graceful little tree, 15 to 20 feet high, with thorny limbs. Grown in acid well-drained soil, chickasaw plum survives harsh conditions with little help. The American Plum is also known as the Wild Plum, Wild Yellow Plum or the Red Plum. Sand plums grow wild in the southern U.S. from Texas and Oklahoma eastward. Death may occur within 15 minutes or several hours. These range from shrubs less than 6 feet tall to trees about 100 feet tall. As with the wild grapes, fruit appears only on female trees. Many brittle thorns cover the branches of older plum bushes and mature trees, often breaking off just under the skin of people working with them. : Simple with Pinnate or Parallel Venation, Distribution Since their pollen is compatible, they will pollinate each other and mutually increase each other's fruit production. branches can be pruned away without affecting plant health. If you have ever taken a hike at the margins of woodlands, you might have seen a wild plum. Click on image for full screen view. curculio, brown The American Plum will flower during the same time period that traditional Japanese Plums bloom. Mexican plum tree Mexican plum tree trunk Close-up of wild plum flower (photo taken February in Houston). Serrated, oblong leaves turn a brilliant red and gold in fall. The Navajo used the roots to make red dye. Sand plums grow wild in the southern U.S. from Texas and Oklahoma eastward. Planting young nursery grown whips causes fewer injuries to landscapers. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Click on image for full screen view. The wild plum can be found in most cool to temperate states. Fruit/foliage. A ‘Methley’ plum tree with upright growth and a heavy fruit load in various stages of development. Untended the tree expands through numerous sucker shoots emerging from shallow roots. By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist. You can also dry them and eat them as a snack. The American Plum is a fast growing selection with many wildlife benefits. a large plum with firm red to purple flesh (Fig. Flower. In a garden setting it may be used to best advantage under shade trees where one may enjoy the view of its masses of billowy white spring blooms. Do wild plum trees produce fruit? Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →. Fruit/foliage. Most are usually not over 15 feet. Prunus species are widespread, and two or more species grow in each vegetational area of Texas. The fruit is single-seeded and fleshy. draining, even alkaline and clay soils. Figure 7. Clinical signs can occur within 5 minutes after consumption of the plant. 2 Figure 4. Grown in acid well-drained soil, chickasaw plum survives harsh conditions with little help. stems can be pruned to a central leader when the plant is young.