Dec. 1, 2021

Chickasaw plum, Prunus angustifolia

Chickasaw plum produces small red plums. I used to look forward to these every year on the old gnarled tree on the back of the lot in West Virginia. Those were the old grade-school days of first figuring things out. I figured these for Chickasaw, and it was fun to think of them as vaguely having something to do with Indians. Now seventy years later I've finally looked up the Chickasaw, who once lived in a large area roughly from Kentucky to Mississippi. They're now relocated to Oklahoma, on a trail of tears that every American should know about. They too must have looked forward to these fruit, and no doubt the fragrant flowers. Chickasaw plum grows in AL, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Putnam Co FL, 1/28/13. Rose family, Rosaceae.