Canadian Plum (Prunus Nigra)

Canadian Plum (Prunus Nigra)

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Perhaps the best plum pollinator is the Canada plum (Prunus Nigra). It is our native northernmost growing plum, primarly growing in eastern Canada but found as west as Manitoba. This is a prairie hardy plum and is found thriving all over the prairies. Canada plum trees are thicket forming and thorny. This plum tree has a longer flowering cycle and excellent pollen volume to effectively pollinate plum trees. Most plums besides the European plums are hybrids such as our common Japanese and American plums. These hybrids do flower but have a poor pollen count to effectively pollinate other plums. If you’re plum trees are still not producing, the Canadian plum will help. The fruit once fully ripened is very sweet and good for processing. 

Hardiness Zone: 2

Height: 16 feet

Spread: 14-16 feet

Soil Preference: Well drained 

Light Exposure: Full sun

Pollination: Self-fertile  

Latin Name: Prunus Nigra