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Prunus maritima

Beach Plum

Ruggedly handsome, this plant's rounded form and deep green foliage features abundant small white blossoms in mid spring and 1" diameter plum-like fruit in summer to please native insects, birds and humans equally!  It's perfect grouped to create a habitat rich thicket!

Benefits

  • Tolerates salt, rocky soil and even drought!
  • Birds flock to nest in its branches
  • Easy to grow, low maintenance
  • Attractive fruit is prized by birds and humans
  • Brilliant fire engine red fall foliage
  • Blooms impressively alone or in groups

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Jams and jellies have been made from the plums of this New England native for centuries.  Cape Cod is most famous for this delicacy but all areas of the northeastern seaboard share this heritage.


Height
6-7 Feet

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Spread
6-7 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-6

Native Range

Secondary sand dunes from New Brunswick to Maine and south to Virginia.

Native Trivia

The Beach Plum is a member of the rose family which includes about 2000 species of trees, shrubs, and herbs worldwide. Other family members include serviceberries, hawthorns, apples, plums and cherries.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Songbirds
Fall Color
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Rock garden
Salt tolerant
Wind tolerant
Native to
Connecticut
Delaware
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Virginia