Prunus americana ( American Plum )

Prunus americana is a common roadside shrub, forming roadside colonies. It can also grow in a tree form, with a single trunk, 15 to 25 feet tall. Leaves are simple, obovate to oblong-ovate, 2 to 4 inches long, dark green and glabrous. Flowers are pure white, 1 inch in diameter, in clusters of 2 to 5. Flowers open mid to late spring, with a sweet fragrance. Fruit is yellow to red, 1 inch in diameter, with yellow flesh, ripening in mid-summer, can be used for jellies and jams. Has no special cultural requiremnts, thrives on neglect. Native from Massachusetts to Manitoba, and south to Georgia, New Mexico and Utah.