Plum Trees - Chickasaw

Scientific Name: Prunus angustifolia
Best Planted in USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-9.


Plant Quick Guide

Growing Zones:


Mature Height:

14-20 ft

Mature Width:

14-20 ft


Full Sun - Partial Shade (6 hours)


14-20 ft

Chill Hours:


Growth Rate:


Flower Color:


Harvest Time:


Year to Bear:

4-6 years


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Chickasaw plum is a North American native shrub or small tree that makes an attractive wildlife-friendly addition to any yard. Each spring, Chickasaw plum trees are covered with clusters of tiny, fragrant, white flowers, usually showcasing their beauty while other trees are still dormant. The flowers bloom on the previous year’s wood and are especially dramatic since they appear before the trees puts out new leaves.

Then the small fruits appear, turning from red to yellow as they ripen. The tart plums can be eaten fresh or turned into tasty jelly, and they’re also enjoyed by wildlife. Fruit is generally a half-inch in diameter.

Chickasaw plums form a rounded mass of slender, thorny branches around a short trunk. It is grown as a single leader tree or as a multi-stemmed shrub. They can grow up to 25 feet tall, but are more often found in the 6 to 12 foot range. They are very easily grown and have no special cultural requirements. It tolerates drought, sandy or clay soil but does poorly in alkaline pH. It makes a nice addition to the shrub border in the back yard and is well suited for planting around the patio or deck although it does not form a neat crown and looks a little unkempt during the winter. USDA Hardiness Zones: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
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Chickasaw plum will perform best in full sun, though it can also be planted in dappled shade. It will grow in a wide range of soil types but prefers an acid pH. If you don’t know your soil pH, your county Extension office can help.

When planting this or any shrub or tree, dig a hole that’s at least one and a half times as wide as the root ball but one inch shallower. Place the root ball in the hole and fill it in with soil.

Water the plant on a regular schedule until it’s established. After that it will be fairly drought tolerant, though it will perform best if it’s given some water during dry spells. It’s also resistant to most pests and diseases.

Chickasaw plum usually produces suckers around the base of the trunk. If you prefer a groomed appearance, you can prune these back to keep the tree in its best form. Another option is to allow the suckers to grow into a thicket around the plant that can serve as a home for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.
Control of weed and grass competition during the first and second years is important in survival and early growth.

To encourage a vigorous and high yielding plum tree, thin the tree's fruit in May and again in July, removing the damaged and diseased fruit so that the rest have room to grow. Prune plum trees in the winter. Regularly remove suckers from around the base of the tree, unless you are trying to grow as a multi-stemmed shrub.

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