NAME: Beach Plum
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Prunus Maritima
COLOR: White Flowers / Fruit Ranges In Color From Yellow to Red to Blue to Nearly Black
PLANT SEEDS: Indoors weeks before last frost / Fall / Cold Stratify / Outdoors after danger of frost
BLOOM TIME: April - May
HARVEST: Aug - Sept
HARDINESS ZONE: 3 - 8
PLANT HEIGHT: In sand dunes, typically 42 - 78" tall. In gardens, they can grow up to 13' tall
PLANT SPACING: 4 - 8'
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Sand - Sandy / Well Drained / Dry
QUANTITY: 5 Seeds
OTHER: The Beach Plum is a shrub native to the east coast of the US that produces edible plums.
In nature, they are found on the beaches & coastal sand dunes of New England. While the Beach Plum used to be fairly common, land development has claimed a large amount of their native habitat, so much so that they are now considered endangered in Maine.
In spring, beautiful clusters of fragrant white flowers appear before the dark green glossy leaves. The blooms can be either be single or double & are pollinated by bees & other insects. The leaves of this very cold hardy shrub turn lovely shades of orange & red in the fall. Wild plant’s plums come in a variety of colors ranging from yellow to red to blue to a nearly black deep purple.
Enjoy the plums fresh right off the shrub, dry them for later use, or make them into jams, pies, or wine, for which they are grown commercially. The delightful little plums measure 0.6 – 0.8” & are high in antioxidants.
Beach Plums can be grown in pure sand, gravel or gravely soil, or gardens with well draining soil. Being native to coastal dunes, they tolerate full sun, drought, salt spray, & cold temps extremely well. This plum is a very enjoyable low maintenance plant to grow, especially for those challenging areas of the yard. The Beach Plum typically grows between 42 – 78” tall in its native beachside habitat, but can reach heights of up to 13’ in cultivated gardens. These thick, dense, suckering shrubs make an excellent border / hedge row when left to grow in their natural form, or they can be pruned into a single-trunked small tree. While birds & other little critters enjoy the fruit very much, these plants should be kept away from livestock that may browse the leaves, & humans should not consume the seeds.
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Oct 11, 2021
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