This native Kentucky plum tree is an important food source for a wide variety of wildlife. Native Americans used these wild plums extensively.
Home gardeners take note: late winter management is key to preventing backyard fruit diseases.
Kentucky native fruit trees like elderberry, mulberry, pawpaw, persimmon, and serviceberry adapted to environmental conditions and grow more successfully than non-native fruits such as grapes, oranges, and peaches. Read about fruit trees native to Kentucky.
Keep up to date on Kentucky horticulture with the Kentucky State Horticulture Newsletter. Read about maintaining garden equipment over winter, Kentucky fruit diseases, spring gardening planning, and upcoming Kentucky horticulture events.