Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Terrestrial. Near human settlements, waste places and forest margins
Deciduous small tree up to about 6 m tall, sometimes forming thickets, usually not armed. Leaves up to 70 x 45 mm on petiole of 15-30 mm. Leaf margins serrulate, lamina hairy at frost and with at least some hairs remaining when mature. White or greenish-white flowers in small clusters. Fruit (plums) to about 45 mm long, green, yellow, red or blackish purple (both flesh and skin) with a smooth stone.
The young shoots dull and hairy, mature leaves usually with at least some hairs on major veins and lower part of margin distinguish this species. There is considerable variation in the fruit of cultivated specimens.
Reason For Introduction
Can sucker to form small thickets, spread is predominantly by seed.
Viable seed in each plum.
Can tolerate strong frosts.