American plum is one of the best pollinators for other cultivars of plums, and also takes very well to being grafted. The fruit is quite variable; anything from red to yellow plums can occur. The skin can be astringent but the inside is very sweet and delicious. These trees are seedlings so fruit quality will vary somewhat. American plum trees are amazing for humans, wild life, and the white beautiful flowers of early spring have the best smell in the world. They are also innately disease resistant and very cold hardy.
They are somewhat self fertile, but planting two different Plums ensures better cross pollination. They thrive in well drained fertile soil and will not tolerate being waterlogged. They grow to be about 15 ft tall so they’re a great choice if you’re somewhat limited on space. Some hybrid plums are not great pollinators for each other. In order to get good pollination you need American Plum or Canada Plum to fulfill this need. They can pollinate up to 6 other plum trees that are nearby. Plums benefit from growing in close proximity to one another. Planting a plum thicket is one of the best ways to ensure better pollination while also creating a beautiful hedgerow.
|Latin name||Prunus americana|
|Sun Requirements||Full sun|
|Average year to bear fruit||4|