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Creek Plum, Hog Plum, Thicket Plum
Prunus rivularis


Creek plum makes its home in calcareous clay soils or limestone outcrops along streams and river valleys in sunny sites by the Colorado, Guadalupe and Leone Rivers in the Edwards Plateau, North Central Texas, and into Oklahoma. It is another thicket-forming plum with slender stems bearing umbel-like clusters of white blossoms at the same time as its unfolding leaves. About the size of a large cherry, the fruit usually ripens to yellow with a crimson blush on one side, or less often may be a lustrous bright red, drying to black. Although it is said to be poorly flavored and quite tart, it was nevertheless occasionally eaten by Native Americans. As a species, creek plum is quite variable; rivularis refers to its preference for growing near stream banks.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: yellow or bright red drupes

Height: 3 to 8 feet

Width: 5 feet, thicket-forming

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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