Feb. 5, 2018

hog plum, Prunus umbellata

When I started this site, I noted that my identifications could be mistaken, and made a request for input. Now would be a good time! There are a bunch of plums that challenge those of us that would have a more orderly world. They grow from New York and Michigan south to the Gulf. Chickasaw, hog, flatwoods, sandhill, Allegheny, sloe, or P. allegheniensis, or P. angustifolia. I've struggled identifying the images of these plums, and it turns out that it's not just me. One reference limits P. umbellata to Tennessee and south. Another has it here in Michigan. Yet another notes that P. angustifolia and P. umbellata cross, making it a challenge to separate species. Hog plum is an unappealing name in any case. I guess all you can do is stop and smell the plum flowers, and enjoy their beauty. There's a reason they make incense from plums. As near as I can figure, this iteration of hog plum grows in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX. Polk Co FL, 3/18/16.