Prunus alleghaniensis

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Prunus alleghaniensis
Conservation status

Apparently Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Prunoideae
Genus: Prunus
Species: P. alleghaniensis
Binomial name
Prunus alleghaniensis
Porter
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Natural range of Prunus alleghaniensis
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Prunus alleghaniensis, the Allegheny Plum, is a species of New World plum, native to the Appalachian Mountains and Northeastern United States.[1][2]

Identification[edit]

The leaves of Prunus alleghaniensis are two to three and a half inches long, the tip is usually long and pointed. The leaf margins are finely toothed. The twigs sometimes have thorns. The bark is fissured in older specimens. The flowers are plentiful and white, eventually turning pink. The dark reddish purple fruit is half an inch wide, with a whitish bloom. The tree normally is about five to twenty feet tall with a diameter rarely exceeding half a foot.

Habitat[edit]

Prunus alleghaniensis is not common in moist woodlands. It is typically found in elevations between 1200 and 2000 feet.

The species is most common in south western Pennsylvania, with some smaller notable populations in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Connecticut.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ITIS Standard Report Page: Prunus alleghaniensis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Prunus alleghaniensis". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Kershner, Mathews, Nelson & Spellenburg, "Field Guide to Trees of North America", (Sterling Publishing Co, New York, New York, 2008), p. 344-345, accessed the 18th of December, 2010

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