Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Chickasaw Plum
Prunus angustifolia

Leaves are simple, alternate, and deciduous. Small teeth on leaf margins are tipped with red glands. A pair of glands is evident on the petiole near the leaf base. Twigs are red-brown and waxy, often with thorns. Bark is grooved and scaly. Flowers are white and appear before leaves. Fruit is a red drupe. Form is a small tree up to 6 m (20 ft) or a shrub that forms thickets in open areas by root sprouting and is found in the southern U.S. The sweet fruit is eaten by deer, bear, fox and raccoon.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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