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Norther Plum*

Prunus nigra 'Norther'

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Norther Plum (Prunus nigra 'Norther') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Norther Plum fruit

Norther Plum fruit

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Description:

A very hardy plum tree featuring white flowers in early spring followed by tart, bright red fruit in summer, good for jam; glossy black bark, compact and upright in habit, quite ornamental; needs full sun and well-drained soil, a good pollinator for plums

Edible Qualities

Norther Plum is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces red oblong fruit (technically 'drupes') with gold flesh which are usually ready for picking in late summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a tart taste and a juicy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Preserves

Features & Attributes

Norther Plum is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruits are showy red drupes carried in abundance in late summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up. The smooth black bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

This is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Norther Plum is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Norther Plum will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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