Asian plum Rosaceae Prunus salicina
Leaf:Alternate, simple, narrowly ovate to elliptical, finely serrated to scalloped margin, wedge-shaped tip, to 5 inches long and 2 inches wide, green above, and slightly paler beneath.
Flower:White, 5 petals with jagged margins, 1 inch across, long filaments, yellow anthers, appear in (mostly) clusters of 3 before the leaves; sepals are hairless. Flowering is very abundant and very early, with freeze damage common.
Fruit:Fleshy drupe, nearly round, to 2 1/2 inches across, yellow-green and ripening to reddish purple with glaucous bloom, ripen in mid-summer; flesh maroon and delicious; pit large and wrinkled.
Twig:Slender, reddish brown, leaf scars raised; buds purple-red and pointed; mostly not thorny; fruit borne on spur shoots.
Bark:Initially reddish gray, smooth with numerous horizontal lenticels, later becoming red-brown and rough with irregular ridges.
Form:A small tree with a vase-shaped spreading crown, reaching up to 30 feet tall.