Prunus geniculata

scrub plum


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4-12 ft    Width: 4-6 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant in a dry setting or grow as part of a scrub garden. This plant has very interesting zigzag branches which provide considerable winter interest.
Considerations: Slow growing.
Propagation: Seed. Division (naturally clonal).
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Acidic


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Pollinated by bees. Birds eat the fruit.
Native Habitats: Scrub, scrubby high pine.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Fruit is said to be bitter.

Other Comments:

This is an endangered species. Please acquire only from reputable nurseries. Endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge.