The Flowering Plum is a broad term used to refer to a range of plum trees that are both native and introduced and can be found growing in valleys and low slopes across the US. They can even be seen by the side of roads and fences, especially in those parts of North America where the soil is moist and is made of clay, loam, and sand.
The Flowering Plums are largely grown for their ornamental value, though some species are also known for their juicy fruits and jellies. They grow easily and can reach a height of nine meters.
The most common domesticated plum is the Garden Plum found in Europe and Western Asia. It was introduced to North America by French and British colonists, and has a gray bark that may be smooth, or fissured.
The American Plum has a dark brown bark that is scaly. It is a native of North America and is found throughout much of eastern US, Oklahoma in the west, Montana in the north and Saskatchewan in the south east. The American Plum grows throughout the state of Ohio.
The Canada Plum is found in North America, and grows best in southern Canada and northern US west to Illinois and Minnesota. In Ohio it is found in a few of the northern counties. Some types have been developed for fruits and others for flowers.
The leaf of the Flowering Plum is broad and less than 13 cm long. It turns bronze or purple in autumn before falling off. The flower bud is pink and turns white as it opens. The fruit pip is bigger than 3 cm and is blue and red. When it matures it hangs low on the twigs which are as thick as a medium pencil. The bark is dark brown and furrowed.