Scrub plum (Prunus geniculata)
Scrub plum occurs in scrub and turkey oak sandhills in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Highlands Counties. This is a small plum, usually no more than 4' tall, with thorny, zigzag branches and twigs. Scrub plum's pinkish white flowers appear in February and March. The fruits, which ripen in April and May, are sweet and juicy but remain green. You can see scrub plum at Bok Tower Gardens, Babson Park Nature Center, Lake Arbuckle State Park and State Forest, and many of The Nature Conservancy's scrub preserves in Polk and Highlands Counties. This Endangered Species is available from some native plant nurseries. It does well in cultivation, requiring light, sandy soil and full sun.