Florida Sandhill Plum
Prunus angustifolia - Marshall
Rosaceae (Rose) Family
The plant is an upright thicket-forming shrub or sometimes a small tree, with slender, spreading branches, small white flowers, and red or yellow fruit. Its preferred habitat is moist soils near houses, along roadsides, borders of fields, and waste places. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are shiny green above and dull green beneath, 1 to 2-1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide. with tiny gland teeth. The leaf stalks are slender and often red, but usually green. The twigs are zig-zag, ending in a spine.
The flowers have 5 rounded white petals, clustered on short stalks, appearing in the spring before the leaves emerge.
The fruit is a plum 1/2 to 3/4 inche in diameter, thin and shiny red or yellow skin. The thick juicy pulp is edible, large stone, maturing in summer.
The plants were apparently brought from the southwest by the Chickasaw Indians and cultivated before the arrival of European colonists. This plum is eaten fresh and made into fine jellies and preserves.