How & Why

What Plum Trees Have Thorns?

do plum trees have spikes ?
which plum trees have thorns?
do plum trees have thorns?

Chickasaw plums are rounded plums with long and slender branches, many of which are armed with thorns. There are some trees that can grow up to 25 feet tall, though they are much more commonly found in the 6- to 12-foot range.

Chickasaw plums are native to Florida and other states in the U.S. and this particular species can grow in USDA zone 5 through 9 of the U.S. Chickasaw plums are scientifically known as Prunus angustifolia.

This is a picture of thorn-covered plum trees. Prunus spp. have thorny branches, and will cause you distress if you want to place one in a native plant garden. The American wild plum, for example, has thorny branches that will cause you pain.

Known as Prunus Americana, wild plum trees thrive in dense stands and are sociable fruit trees that welcome humans into their nests. There is a range of wild plums, all of which bear spikes to discourage visitors from plucking them from their trees.

Can we also eat wild plums without having to worry about their safety? In order to retain their taste and to make them more appealing to consumers, wild plums are usually cooked, as they are quite tart and sometimes even bitter.

It should be noted that the majority of plums sold in North America originate from one of two species of trees: the European plum (Prunus domestica) or the Japanese plum (Prunus salicina).

There are many different kinds of plum trees available on the market that have specifically been bred to bear fruit, and the leaves and branches of these trees in most cases do not have thorns. In spite of this, there are a few plum tree species — specifically wild varieties of plum trees — that use their thorns as a form of fruit protection.

You will have to be prepared for its prickles if you decide you want to plant one in a garden of native plants, as wild plums have thorny branches including the American wild plum (Prunus americana); you are most likely to encounter it.

It is generally believed that European plum trees (Prunus domesticus) and Japanese plum trees (Prunus salicina) do not have thorns. It is neither uncommon nor difficult to find either of these species in U.S. USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8 depending on cultivar, as both of them are native to the U.S. Most European plum varieties generally grow better in upper levels of that range.

Native to prairies, woodlands, pastures, along the sides of roads, and along the banks of rivers, wild plum grows in these and many other places.

Wild plum trees can be grown from seed as they are relatively easy to transplant after being started. The tree should be planted in well-drained soil; it will tolerate shade if it is well kept. Fruits begin to ripen in August and September, and flowering occurs between April and May.