Mexican plum Rosaceae Prunus mexicana S. Watson Listen to the Latin   symbol: PRME
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Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate to elliptical, 3 to 4 inches long, serrated margin, sharply pointed tip, green above, slightly paler and pubescent beneath (at least along the veins), emerging leaves have densely pubescent petioles, lacking petiole glands.
Flower: White, 5 petals, 1 inch across, long filaments, yellow anthers, appear in small clusters in early spring before the leaves.

Fruit: Fleshy drupe, nearly round, 1 inch across, yellow to reddish purple with some glaucous bloom, ripen in late summer.

Twig: Slender, reddish brown, later developing an exfoliating gray film, leaf scars raised; buds reddish to gray and sharp pointed, some twigs becoming thorns.

Bark: Initially reddish-gray, smooth with numerous horizontal lenticels, later becoming rough with irregular ridges and exfoliating curling strips.

Form: A multi-stemmed, shrubby, non-suckering small tree with a spreading crown reaching up to 30 feet tall with numerous rigid spiny branches.
 
Looks like: American plum - Chickasaw plum - Callery pear - black cherry
USDA Plants Database - Horticulture
Prunus mexicana is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Mexican plum (opens a new window).

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