Download Seed: The stone of the plum is 1.5-2 mm long. (59 KB)
Download Seedling: Seedling of wild plum planted in garden at Oak Lake Research Station near Brookings, SD. (95 KB)
Download Vegetative: Leaves are 6-10 cm long. (39 KB)
Download Flowering: Flowers emerge before the leaves. (211 KB)
Download Fruiting: The fruit is 2-2.7 cm across. (59 KB)
Native American Name
Lakota: kantahu can
Prunus americana is a(n) shrub or small tree deciduous, which grows 3 m to 8 m in height. This species is commonly found prairies and pastures, edges of woodlands and along roadsides and stream banks from Massachusetts to Manitoba, New Mexico, central Texas, and northwest Florida. Found locally all across South Dakota. The leaves are obovate to obovate-oblong or lanceolate-ovate. Prunus americana has white white flowers that bloom from April to May.