It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. Prunus angustifolia, known commonly as Chickasaw plum, Cherokee plum, Florida sand plum, sandhill plum, or sand plum, is a North American species of plum-bearing tree. I guess he was asking if the are self pollinating or not? I just checked the web to see if it is supposed to be self-pollinating, and learned that it is. They were all very good (although again try to keep the skins out as much as possible). He is correct very sweet if picked when red or if you try to beat the birds to them they could be bitter. That means… yep, you guessed it. My mom has several trees, and hers always fail to bear. METHOD OF PREPARATION: Chickasaw: Cherry-size plum, out of hand or for jelly, pies, preserves and wine. All the wild trees are already blooming. Do you think it would be a wasted effort to root a cutting to plant in another spot? why won’t it bloom? In spring the tree is all white flowers and no leaves. The Chickasaw plum trees produce their first plums in June and then intermittently through August. But mechanization of fruit production in the early 1900’s led growers away from the native varieties though there has been some interest of late to use the native plums again as a high-value specialty crop. From the very first year I have had plums and many MANY saplings sprouting over the yard. Can you tell me where I can order Chickasaw Plum Tree Seeds? A shrub native to much of Kansas and I was gifted a chickasaw plum tree when people were thinning there thicket out. thank you jean. 4. Or could tell me where I could drive to get them. There are many places along this road to find chicasaw plums, presumably they were planted centuries ago as a forage item along the trail, or in areas that were inhabited for a time. Umbellata (um-bell-LAY-ta) means like an umbrella for its shape. They tend to grow tall and narrow branches. My grandmother grew a Chickasaw Plum thicket at her home on a low ridge in Rayville, Louisiana, during my childhood years in the 50’s-70’s. Locals loved the new plum and took to calling it “General Jackson” and “Old Hickory,” commemorating the spoils of war. Need Two Chickasaw’s or Any Other Plum Tree for Cross Pollination. I have both yellow and red. That said they could have been a treat, a flavoring, an essential macro nutriment — oil — to make them worthwhile or a micro-nutriment. Category Howto & Style; Show more Show less. The trees seem to be very cold-hardy and drought resistant, although they seem to do best with a little water once in a while, and full sun. They don’t taste like the purplish plums you buy at the grocery store at all, but are definitely tasty! Prunus (PROO-nus ) is the Roman name for the plum. Pirate .—Pntnns an^itsli/olia Marshall, Chickasaw plum {Jigs. It also makes a good wind break and can be used for erosion control. If you have skinny leaves it is either the Chickasaw or Flatwood. The teeth have yellow or red glands on the tip. The red are somewhat bitter, and the yellow are great, but both are edible right from the tree. It requires some chilling so won’t grow in South Florida and similar climates. Some form of wild plums grow over much of north america be it the Chickasaw, American, or sand plum, I have not found the differences in the plums to be so significant as to favor one above the other. Only a few of the trees bear fruit, although it seems most or all bloom. The Flatwood is often a stand alone. There is a pit you have to spit out- they are too small to take bites of, you pop the whole thing in your mouth so it’s a lot more convenient to eat them outside. Its small sweet-tart fruits are pinkish-red to yellow with an extremely juicy golden flesh that will burst in your mouth. My first taste of a perfectly ripe Guthrie Plum. Short pieces no longer than 8 inches below ground and 12 inches above ground after potted Sweetness has been bred into cultivated plums, but even ripe Chickasaw fruit is tart. Sand plums bear red-orange plums eaten by many types of wildlife as well as human foragers. The American Plum was also used by the natives. Wild plums. #YumPlum. But maybe they bloom but aren’t setting out fruit? All rights reserved. They are covered with white flowers in the mid-to-late winter and the fruit is ready to pick by the beginning of June. Later I read somewhere that the plums were poisonous. I keep going back on which has more complexisty, TH or Guthrie. The Flatwood did not bloom but I planted it less than a year ago. The enzymes in the seed break down that toxic property mentioned if made into a mash and left to do the job. In spring, before the one and a half to three-inch-long leaves appear, Chickasaw plum is festooned with small, white, fragrant flowers which make the trees quite decorative in the presence of other trees which are often still dormant. Both fruits are about the same size and make great jam. - 15 ft. 0 in. Some tribes took out the seed kernels, others didn’t. Most states have a forestry department which hold sales of the most affordable seedlings I have ever seen. i love this it really helped me with my chickasaw report <3. Love yourwebsite. Telling these plums apart before they fruit is a bit of a guessing game. Small but very sweet, these plums can be eaten raw, made into preserves, or even fermented into wine. The Chickasaw plum (Prunus angustifolia) is also known as the Sandhill plum, Cherokee plum, Florida sand plum and mountain-cherry. Letting the cakes set for a day or so allowed enzymes to work on those chemicals as did subsequent cooking, making the cake edible… or at least that is the explanation experts give. I’m sorry. The tart plums can be eaten fresh or turned into tasty jelly, and they’re also enjoyed by wildlife.Chickasaw plums form a rounded mass of slen… It’s supposed to be a yellow version of my grandmother’s red plum. When in naked bloom they look similar but that’s where the resemblance stops. Dimensions: Height: 4 ft. 0 in. There does not seem to be a self-polination barrier as is true in some species. Very small amounts don’t bother us but we are not talking about small amounts. Dip the trimmed, scored portion of the cutting in a liquid solution of root stimulator before potting. Hi Green Deane – I just found your website, and looks like I’ll be back…to explore. Natives would make cakes out of the kernel mash. I chose this variety since I didn’t want the suckering problems associated with the Chickasaw plum. IDENTIFICATION: Chickasaw Plum: Small thorny tree to 25 feet, usually much smaller, flower small, under half an inch, 5 white petals, fragrant; reddish orange anthers, appear in clumps in early spring before the leaves, fruit bright yellow to red, round to oval, 1/3 to 1/2 inch in diameter, flesh juicy small plum, bark first smooth and reddish then with numerous elongated light horizontal hash marks. Its quality can vary from tree to tree, rarely rising to the gustatory level of the Chickasaw Plum. There are two thickets and one produces what looks like dull skinned cherries but another thicket a few feet from it makes a very slightly larger fruit that looks similar but grows on one stem not joined stems like cherries. They were healthy and well packaged. Mine are all about 12-14 feet tall, and 6 feet around. The American (Prunus americana) tends to fruit in late summer to early fall and has red fruit. Liberated from their shells the sunflower-sized kernels of these plums can create cyanide in your gut. My husband and I purchased a 19 acre site in GA to retire to; wooded with cabin and small clearing. Homemade sand plum jelly is sweet, delicious, and easy to make. Thanks! It was the best jam I have ever eaten. Easily transplanted or grown from seed. No luck yet. The Chickasaw plum and the American plum are closely related and hybridize easily. Its location is shaded in the morning but I think it gets plenty of sun in the afternoon. My mom and I pick them wild and turn them into really yummy jam and jelly. The tiny fruits are tart and sweet at the same time with a small pit in the center. Chickasaw plums serve as host plants for the red-spotted purple butterfly, and their fruit make them popular with other wildlife. But th easiest thing to do is ask someone to send you some seeds in the spring after they have dropped. I think Cameron was actually asking if plums are self fertilizing or if you have to have a male and female tree to grow fruit. I’m thinking of planting some chickasaw plums…around the borders and I can get them pretty cheap. Last year I saw it covered with hummingbirds. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is strictly and categorically intended as a reference to be used in conjunction with experts in your area. If you have skinny leaves it is either the Chickasaw or Flatwood. The Chickasaw Plum is one of my favorite trail and yard nibbles. 1. The Chickasaw Plum tree is an excellent source of food and shelter for wildlife and produces from mid-June to mid-July depending on the area of the country that it is grown. Angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) means skinny leaf (see photo directly above.) Seed - raw or cooked. Each tree can currently produce about 1/2 to 3/4 bushel of cherry-sized fruits. She made plum jelly every year, and it was the most beautiful, best-tasting jelly I’ve ever eaten. The tips of the teeth will be either red or yellow if a Chickasaw Plum. It is a major woody component of grasslands in north-central Oklahoma (Dunkin and Guthery, 2010). He hadn’t seen one in years and said the fruit was wonderful! Most sources sly mention they are good wildlife fruit or maybe good for jam. Just bought two small trees of yellow that I hope will colonize in my backyard. Here is a picture of a sand plum thicket. The pop included the skins and was initially very bitter, we discovered though that the bitterness could be reduced drastically by adding a small amount of gelatin powder to the batch as it cools. Approximately eight years ago, I purchased and planted a Flatwoods plum from a native plant nursery in Florida. TIME OF YEAR: Late spring in Florida, late summer farther north, usually around September. Texas has Mexican plum trees and I don’t know what the small trees that are native to Fort Worth area. 5. Thanks, Carolyn (Dallas). These trees were brought to the area by the Mormon pioneers. I planted it in summer of 2016. Chickasaw plum historic part of flora of the Chickasaw Nation. Chickasaw, American and sand. Are you located in Texas? The looted fruit later made its way to Illinois, where it was propagated under the name “Chickasaw Chief,” and to Wisconsin, where it came to be known as the “Miner” plum, now the Chickasaw’s best-known cultivar. Pretty sure these are what we call Sand Plums. Fruit ripens late June early July. I am in search of the wild plums to pick this year. And where are you located in Central Texas if they are available to pick. In central England, a cider-like alcoholic beverage known as plum jerkum is made from plums. I wonder if the people that are getting good fruit set from just one tree are getting cross-pollination from wild trees in their areas that they may or may not know about. It’s probably too hot right now, however I am searching for a couple more healthy Chickasaw Plum trees. American plum (Prunus americana) is a deciduous fruit-bearing shrub to small tree (15 to 25 feet tall) that is winter hardy, has a broad crown and, most importantly, is thicket-forming. Love it! Small branches no larger than a pencil in diameter B&T Seeds might have them. I had a Forrester take a look at my woods a couple of weeks ago and she identified 3 wild plum trees. And NOW just like my mom, I would drive up all the way from Miami to get them .. If transplanted they usually require a little attention the first year, but after the first year they will probably survive with no attention. The roots grow similar to blueberries in that they typically stay just below the surface of the ground and grow horizontally. They grow very well in Utah’s climate, and can be found growing throughout the state, but are no longer generally cultivated. Thanks, Carolyn. @Madelinever Hi there, I have one flatwood and one Chickasaw. lo and ii, Exoascus mirabilis Atkinson in buds; fig. So it is just the pit that is poisonous! And apparently there are two different varieties growing out there because some trees ripen to red and some to and orange/yellow color. The Flatwood (Prunus umbellata) which often stands alone, ripens to black or yellow and can be around through the summer into the fall. ago. The skinny leave has a trough down the middle. Also known as sandhill plum, sand hill plum, Chickasaw plum, or mountain cherry bushes. Thanks for all the info! Deer, quail, and pheasants love to eat the plum fruit with its attractive aroma and sweet taste. Do you mind if I ask about the size and flavor of your trees’ plums? Such a pretty sight… I didn’t need a second tree. The small shrub-like trees were covered in green oblong fruit which little worms loved to invade as they ripened, causing some of the fruit to redden and fall prematurely. . They burst out in white blossoms and no leaves. I live in Ocala – planted Chickasaw Plum in 2015 – no flowers yet. It should be part of a native landscape planting. Locally the fruit of the Chickasaw (Prunus angustifolia) ripens to a sweet red in the spring and is gone by early July. Its small sweet-tart fruits are pinkish-red to yellow with an extremely juicy golden flesh that will burst in your mouth. The cherry-sized plum turns red when ripe and is eaten raw, or used to make jelly, pies, preserves and wine. Each summer the Chickasaw Plum’s thorny branches give forth small golden plums that ripen to a lovely bright red hue. And @My3Abuelitas on twitter etc. Honestly, I don’t give a crap which one it is, as long as the fruit tastes good, because they are all equally edible; however, the Flatwood is known to be somewhat bitter on occasion. But the flesh is delicious. In 2017 they were selling 25 seedlings with good root systems 25 of them for 20 dollars. I find that catch trays under the pots help maintain plenty of moisture. We are aware of where they are growing in Okla – 6 hrs North of Dallas. I recall some bare thorny trees with flowers there earlier this year. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. Jam is very good made from these and wine. What would prevent fruiting and blooming? I live in Colorado now and have been on the lookout for wild plums. Growing 20 feet tall and wide, Chickasaw plum forms a rounded mass of slender, thorny branches sprouting from a short trunk. They do not taste like the plums you buy at the grocery store at all. I grew up in Miami but my parents had 5 lots along a clay road on the National Forest side of Ocala. That strikes me as a lot of work for such a small amount of food that’s potentially toxic. Learn how your comment data is processed. But, only the Chickasaw can be eaten straight off the tree. 2. Prunus angustifolia is a deciduous Tree growing to 3 m (9ft 10in) at a medium rate. These will serve as areas for absorption of moisture and starting points for roots I would say your soil is going to be ok. i found where you can purchase chicksaw plum tree at 1-888-210-6750, the nursery is nature hills nursery located in various places including Alabama. It looks like cuttings are the way to go. Although the plums may be eaten raw, they are somewhat tart and acidic, and are perhaps best used in preserves and jellies. The problem, the tree hasn’t produced for the past two years and I have been on a quest to find another tree. The kansas forestry department sells 3 varieties. Enjoyed the info on the Chickasaw plum. Is that what you mean? The fruit on the first thicket I described has joined stems and looks like cherries except the skin is dull like a plum. I’m going to start a bnb at what was my grandmother’s house in Miami – so I should be able to be reached at http://www.My3Abuelitas.Miami When picked at the colour in the picture below it is at its best as a cooker, it darkens considerably when left on the tree longer. It often forms a thicket. I eaten the ripe ones off the tree for years. Copyright 2007-2018 – This web page is the property of Green Deane, LLC. They have been potted now for a month and most are leafing out now. I am relieved. American plum fits that description perfectly and is a native plant that overlaps the bulk of the whitetail’s range. Trees have the disease tolerance of the native plum making it an excellent choice for organic growers. Tree was a few years old when I got it from nursery. 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