Beach Plum
(Prunus maritima)
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A Pictorial Portrait
Beach Plum Drawing

Branch with Leaves and Fruit

This is the tastiest plum species on Earth. Enjoy the ripe fruit raw, straight off the bush, or cook the plums with a sweetener and thickener, strain out the seeds, and use in virtually any dessert.

Beach Plum in Habitat
Habitat

Beach plums are large shrubs that grow in thickets near the seashore from Maine to Delaware. They bloom in early spring.

Beach Plum Flower Drawing
Twig with Flowers

The showy, radially symmetrical, white petals bloom as the oval, pointed, finely toothed leaves are developing.

Beach Plum Flowers
Flower Cluster

The clusters of white flowers create a showy display for insect and human eyes.

Beach Plum Flower Cluster
Flower Cluster and Leaves

Note the flowers' protruding stamens, and the shrub's reddish-brown bark.

Beach Plum Flower
Closeup of Flower

The yellow-brown anther at the tip of each stamen produces pollen, which insects transfer to the single, yellow pistil (female organ) protruding from the center of the flower.

Beach Plum Fruit
Twig with Fruit and Leaves

Spherical, grape-sized, short-stalked fruit cluster on slender twigs, ripening in late summer and early fall.

Beach Plums in the Branches
Branches with Fruit

In a good year, the fruit can be quite abundant, sometimes even weighing down the branches.

Yellow Sweet Clover in Flower
Unripe Fruit

Unripe fruit is red, hard, and bitter.

Note the branches' reddish-brown, somewhat warty bark.

Ripe Fruit

Ripe Fruit

Ripe fruit is sky-blue. Avoid overripe, deformed plums.

Fruit Powdered with Powdery Bloom

5 Plums

Note the whitish, powdery coating, called a bloom, on each plum. Typical of plum, this protects the fruit from drying out.

Beach Plum

Plum Closeup

Note the ripe fruit's perfectly spherical shape, the short fruit stalk, and the scratches on the powdery bloom.