Beach Plum

Prunus maritima

Clusters of small white flowers burst forth in spring, followed by small, purplish blue fruit that ripens in late summer. A United States' native found along the Atlantic Coast, thriving with near neglect. Tolerant of coastal salt spray and saline soils. Fruit is popular for jams, jellies and pies. Attractive fall foliage extends seasonal color. Deciduous.
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Once established, needs occasional watering; supplement in dry hot spells.

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Botanical PronunciationPROO-nus ma-RIH-tih-muh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 3 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseCoastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEdible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs occasional watering; supplement in dry hot spells.
Companion PlantsEastern Snowball (Viburnum); Lilac (Syringa); Coneflower (Echinacea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

Thrives in loose, fast draining soils laden with sand or gravel. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce watering frequency once established. Prune to shape and remove dead or damaged branches, and fertilize in late winter before blooms emerge.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-7

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