Beach plum

Prunus maritima

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Beach plum (Prunus maritima)
PREW-nus mah-RIT-ih-mah
Genus:  Prunus

A suckering deciduous shrub with a dense, rounded form, beach plum has dull green leaves that are pale green beneath. Single or double white flowers bloom in mid-spring, maturing to edible purple fruit.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

This shrub is native from coastal Maine to Virginia. Extremely salt tolerant.

Care: 

Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. If needed, trim after flowering.

Propagation: 

Root greenwood cuttings in early summer. Bud cultivars in summer or graft in early spring.

Problems: 

Caterpillars, borers, scale insects, aphids, leaf hoppers, nematode, and eriophyid mites. Crown gall, mushroom root rot, canker, dieback, lesions, fireblight, leaf curl, powdery mildew, mosaic and ringspot viruses.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs