Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Prunus subcordata (Klamath Plum)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Rosidae

Order

 Rosales

Family

 Rosaceae Rose family

Genus

 Prunus L. plum

Species

 Prunus subcordata Benth. Klamath plum

 

Photo by Stan Shebs at the Regional Parks Botanical Garden in Berkeley, California

Found only in Oregon and California, the Klamath Plum tree is hardy only to USDA zone 7.

It is a tall shrub or small tree, reaching 25.

It favors drier, slightly alkaline soils, full sun and will not tolerate heavy shade.

Spreading by suckers, the Klamath Plum quickly forms thickets and is often associated with Hawthorne.

The edible fruit is relished by wildlife and makes flavorful preserves but do take care not to crush the seeds as they contain cyanide.

   
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