Prunus subcordata Rosaceae
Klamath Plum, Sierra Plum, Pacific Plum
- Deciduous, thicket forming shrubs or small trees, up to 25 ft (7.5 m), crooked horizontal branches, short trunk. Leaves ovate to oval, 2.5-6 cm long, 1-4.5 cm wide, apex and base rounded, margins serrate to doubly serrate, glossy dark green, smooth, above, paler below. Flowers 1.5 cm wide, 5 rounded white petals, turning pink, 2-4 on slender stalks. Fruit 1.5-2.5 cm wide, reddish-purple or sometimes yellow, sour, edible flesh.
- Sun. Seems not to be fussy about the soil, best if moist and well drained.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native from southern Oregon, most common in Klamath and Lake counties, south to central California, in the Coast Range and Sierra Nevada, to 6,000 ft (1,800 m).
- subcordata: nearly cordate (heart-shaped).