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Beach Plum           £7.00

Prunus maritima               In stock

A rare and particularly useful member of the plum family being small and tough.  It's a native of the North Eastern side of the USA, as the name suggests, it is used to seaside conditions tolerating a good deal of wind and cold, and poor sandy soils.  Only growing to about 2m it's more of a shrub than a tree and can be semi-evergreen in habit depending on the cold.

The fruits are usually purple in colour and about 12-25mm in size.  Much used by locals where it grows wild, it can be eaten out of hand or cooked for pies, jams and jellies etc. being sweet/acid in flavour.  Not easily come by.

 Prunus maritima blossom

 

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