Mexican Plum is a handsome native small deciduous tree with a rounded crown. Trees are valued most for their showy fragrant white spring flowers. The small yellow plums are edible. This species is a good substitute in Texas for Crabapples (Malus spp.) which have troubles with cotton root rot and inaddequate winter chilling. Plants tend to be serviceable, but rather bland when not in flower. Old trunks may develop an interesting exfoliation pattern.
Plant Habit or Use:
Shrub, large shrub, tree, small tree
White, somtimes flushed pink, in showy clusters
Small plums, yellow-red to yellow-purple with a waxy bloom; edible.
15 ft to 20 ft (25 ft)
20 ft to 25 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Low Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Medium Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Texas native that can persist on minimal inputs. Fruit are an important wildlife food. Sometimes used as a rootstock for commercial Prunus clones of other species. Cotton root rot resistant, but needs well drained soils.