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American Plum (Prunus americana Marshall)

Also known as wild plum.

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Native or Not Present
Native or Expanded
Expanded or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Although most commercial plums are derived from Prunus domestica, probably a hybrid of P. spinosa and P. cerasifera, the American plum has also been developed into many commercial varieties of plum. It has also been hybridized with numerous other Prunus species.

In addition to being used for its fruit, this species is sometimes planted as an ornamental tree or shrub, particularly for its white flowers.

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