Native East Coast Species- Highly Productive
Native to sandy areas on the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Maine. Fruit can be eaten fresh and makes a great jam. Beautiful white flowers, compact growing and extremely productive. Can be pruned to attain a small tree to 6 feet or used for an informal hedge up to 10 feet wide. High in vitamin A; about 1000 IU in a cup and cholesterol-lowering pectin. The last Prunus species to flower missing frosts so there is always a crop. Can grow in pure sand or your average loam soil. Plant two for pollination and best fruit set.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Prunus maritimaSeed Source:
Michigan planting from our farmHardiness:
-35 FHeight (ft):
Any two plants will cross pollinate.They can be the same type or different. Doesn't matter.Soil:
Sand to loam. You don't need sand to grow and fruit it.Climate:
Zone 3-8. Once established very drought tolerant. High humidity in July or August during ripening can be tricky.Ease of Cultivation:
Anyone can grow it. Full sun, Low fertility soils ideal. Rarely has insects or disease issues.