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American Plum Prunus americana 5 Seeds USA Company

American Plum Prunus americana 5 Seeds USA Company

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Prunus americana, commonly known as American plum, wild plum, or August plum, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family Rosaceae. It is native to North America, particularly the central and eastern regions of the United States and parts of Canada.

American plum is a deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows to heights of 5 to 8 meters (16 to 26 feet) tall, though it can sometimes reach up to 15 meters (49 feet) under favorable conditions. It has a rounded crown with spreading branches and often forms dense thickets in its natural habitat.

The leaves of American plum are alternate, oval to elliptical in shape, and finely toothed along the edges. They emerge in the spring and turn yellow to red in the fall before dropping for the winter. The flowers are white and appear in early spring before the leaves, often covering the branches in a profusion of blossoms.

The fruit of American plum is a small, round drupe that ripens in late summer to early fall. It is typically red to yellow-orange in color and has a sweet-tart flavor. The fruit is edible and can be eaten fresh or used in jams, jellies, pies, and other culinary preparations. It is also a valuable food source for wildlife, including birds, mammals, and insects.

American plum is valued for its ornamental qualities as well as its ecological importance. It is often planted in naturalized areas, hedgerows, and wildlife habitat restoration projects to provide food and cover for wildlife. Additionally, it is sometimes cultivated as a fruit-bearing tree in home gardens and orchards.

Overall, Prunus americana is a versatile and attractive plant with both ornamental and ecological value. Its spring blossoms, edible fruit, and wildlife benefits make it a desirable addition to landscapes and natural areas throughout its native range.

 

Growing Instructions

 

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year.

 

  1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 2 months.
  2. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Fill a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
  3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
  4. Water the container and leave it to drain.
  5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area.
  6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet.
  7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.

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