How to identify wild plums. Prunus americana identification. Wild plums, or american plums, are a tasty wild edible plant. Wild plums are easy to identify, abundant, widespread, and the tree or shrub provides both medicine and serves utility purposes.
This video explains the physical characteristics of wild plums, range, distribution and habitat, and some medicinal and utility uses of wild plum.
Wild plum roots were used by native Americans to make a red dye. Wild plum twigs and inner bark were used to treat mouth sores and sore throat. Wild plum rootstocks are used for cultivated plums and the plants prevent soil erosion.
Wild plum prefers moist ares near water that get a good amount of sunlight and can be found throughout north America.
There are two other species of wild plum, beach plum and Canada plum with similar characteristics, all are considered wild edibles and can be distinguished from one another by the features shown in this video.
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Prunus americana (wild plums) is the most widely distributed species of plum in North America...