Native Shrubs ... in wildlife landscaping
West Virginia Native Plant Society
West Virginia Nongame Wildlife Program
|Form:||Allegheny Sloe -
Scraggly with many dead limbs, 3 to 15 feet tall.
Wild Plum and Wild Goose Plum - Dense growth from 10 to 20 feet tall, rounded crowns.
|Bark and Twigs:||Allegheny Sloe - Hairy
twigs that are often spine tipped.
Wild Plum - Shaggy bark, short stiff spur branches with sharp tips.
Wild Goose Plum - Grayish-brown bark with horizontal stripes.
|Leaves:||Allegheny Sloe -
Lance-shaped, broadest at middle, tapers to base, 2 to 4
Wild Plum - Broadest at or above the middle, rounded base, 3 to 4 inches long.
Wild Goose Plum - Broadest near base with long pointed tip, dark green, 4 to 6 inches long.
|Flowers:||Fragrant white clusters in April and May.|
|Fruit:||Allegheny Sloe - Dark
purple, 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter, pleasantly acid.
Wild Plum - Red, orange or yellow, thick skinned, 3/4 - 1 inch diameter.
Wild Goose Plum - Light yellow or red, stone pointed on both ends, thin skinned 3/4 to 1-1/4 inch diameter.
Compiled by: William N. Grafton, naturalist, botanist and wildlife specialist, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Written by West Virginia Native Plant Society members and jointly published with the WV Nongame Program
Illustration from Flora of West Virginia, Strausbaugh and Core