Prunus americana Marshall
Coefficient of Conservatism: 4
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Prunus americana fruits M. R. Penskar fruits

A small tree or tall shrub often forming thickets on sandy open to forested sites; along streams, ponds, lakes, and borders of forests; fence-rows and roadsides. A native species, but also cultivated in various forms. Some collections may represent escapes.

The ripe fruit is yellow or red, often ± glaucous. The fruit of all three of our wild plums has been used by some people for jams and conserves. See comments under P. nigra.


Allegan County
Barry County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Genesee County
Gogebic County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Huron County
Ingham County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mackinac County
    Only on Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ontonagon County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. September 27, 2022.