(Prunus mexicana)
Wonderful fragrant white flowers cover the branches before the leaves emerge in early spring. Native to escarpments and woodlands all around us, Mexican plum is what you should plant if you’re an Easterner pining for dogwoods in the spring. Great orangey-yellow fall color and beautiful, multi-colored bark as fine as any cherry tree. Grows in full sun to part shade and has to be well-drained; other than that it’s carefree. Small fruits are good for preserves, but a bit tart for eating out of hand.

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