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Flatwoods Plum, Black Sloe, Sloe, Hog Plum
Prunus umbellata


Flatwoods plum is a lovely small tree that ordinarily grows to only around 15 feet tall, only in the true east Texas Pineywods. It occurs singly and does not sucker to form thickets. Since it must have sun, it is found in fencerows and the edges of woods. It grows in acid sands and sandy loams that are well-drained; it doesn't do well in heavy black clay. Flatwoods plum flowers very late, the last of the plums to flower, and the fruit are also late in maturing, from August to October. It produces heavy crops of fruit only every 3 or 4 years. It can be distinguished from other native plums by its short, solitary nature and its smaller flowers and leaves.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: round purplish drupes (plums)

Height: to 15 ft.

Width: to 15 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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