Plant Care American plum tree

American plum tree

About American plum tree

American plum tree is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

American plum tree likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

American plum tree belongs to the prunus genus, and is native to North America.

⚠️ American plum tree is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Prunus americana

Also known as

American plum tree, American plum, wild plum and large yellow sweet plum

How to care for American plum tree


How often to water your American plum tree

Water needs for American plum tree
0.5 cups
every 9

American plum tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for American plum tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American plum tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American plum tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American plum tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of American plum tree in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize American plum tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American plum tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American plum tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

American plum tree can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for American plum tree

American plum tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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