Wild Plum Production and Planting
Wild Plum is also known as the American plum, and it is a small, fast-growing tree that can be short-lived and also grows fruit and flowers.
It is a colony-forming native tree and can be grown in open fields, along fencerows, and at roadside areas. The small white flowers on the tree open before they grow their leaves in the spring. Plums on the tree will appear in the late summertime. There are many plum trees found in Chicago, Illinois of North America in the United States of America.
Foliage on the Wild Plum is deciduous meaning it will lose it's leaves seasonally.
It can be seen in public parks and residential areas. The height of these trees ranges from 15-25 feet long. They should be in the sun for 6 hours of direct sunlight and in the shade or partial shade for about 4-6 hours daily, too. Zone preferences range from Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 which is Chicago, Zone 7, and Zone 8. Soil preferences for this plant are moist and well-drained. It is tolerant of acidic soils and can be moderately liberal in alkaline soils. Plum trees are intolerant of salt sprays and salty soils. They can live in droughts and can reasonably tolerate drainage.
Upon planting, Wild Plum are lovely to look at and can be found during just about any season.
They are thicket-forming and have a moderate growth rate. They can transport well and attract a lot of wildlife such as birds, insect pollinators, mammals, and browsers. When taking care of these plants, they do need high maintenance to keep away pests and diseases. You will want to make sure that it is protected from mildew, rust, and mites, as well as other insects. It produces fruit that is about one inch in diameter.
Wild Plum Ships as Bare Root