Mexican Plum

Mexican Plum (Prunus Mexicana) is a native of Texas. It can reach a height of 35 feet, but it usually remains around 15 feet tall. Mexican Plum does well in full sun or as understory and can be used as a specimen plant or in mass plantings. When planting more than one, spacing should be 10-20 feet. When blooming, its fragrant white flowers attract bees and butterflies. As the blossoms fade, they become pale pink. It blooms in early spring, coinciding with Redbud. Planted together, the white blossoms of the Mexican Plum and the pink blooms of the Redbud create dramatic effect. The plums darken as they ripen from July through September, changing from yellow to purple. The tart fruit is edible fresh, can be made into preserves, and are a favorite of birds and mammals. The oval leaves of the Mexican Plum are 2 to 4 inches in length with a velvety underside. In fall, the leaves turn yellow before dropping. When mature, the peeling bark turns a satiny, bluish-gray. Its branches are thorny. Mexican Plum can be planted in any well-draining soil but prefers slightly acidic loam. Once established, it becomes drought-tolerant. Because of its short stature, it can be planted near power lines. When planting around a patio, carefully consider thorns, bees, and fruit litter.