We bought our property last August, and the previous owners told me that this was a wild plum, and also that it never set fruit. Well, this year it set fruit, for sure! It flowered early, before any leaves appeared (I don't unfortunately have a pic of that), pale pink blossoms all up and down the branches. The fruit looks more like a cherry to me, and is a bit tart but very tasty. It would be nice to know that it's not going to slowly kill me, however...
Looks like some variety of Prunus, so yes, it's a plum/cherry/prune/mirabelle/whatever you want to call it.
Location: Central Maine - Zone 4b/5a
posted 5 years ago
Well, yippee! More food I don't have to plant! And I just harvested about a quart and a half, so I'm glad it's not toxic...it looked like Prunus to me as well, but I couldn't find anything that matched it exactly.
Jessica Gorton wrote:...I'm glad it's not toxic...
Just don't eat the leaves. Or cut them and give it to the goats. Prunus leaves can have cyanide residues in them. If goats browse a few leaves, it's usually not harmful, but if they go on a tear and munch down a lot of the plant, it can be a problem.
Almost certain its a Nanking cherry, Prunus tomentosa. Easy to grow more from seed. Needs straitification, fall plant. But don't wait too long to collect the seed as birds are quite fond of the cherries.
ID help needed. Not sure of what this is. Its among my guerilla food forest. I've planted serviceberries, nanking cherries, apricots, hazelnuts ( not a hazelnut) and sand cherries. It looks like a cherry of sorts.
I believe this could be a wild black cherry that somehow hitched a ride.
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