American Plum- Prunus americana
We use the American Plum as part of our multilayered windbreak and it is far and away the most beautiful hedge here at the farm. Every year we are thrice blessed with the heavenly scent and sight of the blooming flowers in spring followed by the abundance of sweet-tart fruits, about the size of a large cherry, that begin to ripen in the last week of August. The skins soften and the fruit sweetens when left on the counter for a week or so after harvest, yet the distinct taste of the wild remains! Jellies, fruit leather, wine, vinegar- we've had fun finding ways to use all of the harvest! Be careful of the long thorns the branches hold! A bear to prune, but worth it. Best trained and trimmed like other fruit trees early on in development. Keep suckers away from the main trunk and establish good branch structure. Overall, these trees stay fruitful without much maintenance, but can be prone to canker. They aren't invisible to the dreaded plum curculio either. Somewhat shallow rooted, suckering habit, drought tolerant, adapted to a wide range of soil. Fast growing, reaches 8-10' in height and width. Hardy.