Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31 -The American Plum - Prunus americana

The American Plum
The American Plum Tree
This tree is also called the Wild Plum.  The fruit, flowers and leaves of the American Plum are important food sources for birds, insects, and mammals.  This time of year the fruit is still green and growing. 

This tree can be identified by the way it grows in thickets due to the roots sprouting into twigs around the main trunk.  This is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring with beautiful white flowers.

The leaves of this tree are described as:
  • alternate
  • acuminate tipped
  • elliptical shaped
  • bases rounded
  • margins are doubly serrate
  • about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide
The twigs of this tree are described as:
  • rigid
  • reddish brown
  • glossy
  • terminal bud absent
  • some short thorns are found on the twigs

 

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