Prunus americana / Rose Family
April 16, 2005
This is the small white-flowered tree that is often seen along the roadsides and interstates in mid-April. It is an important source of fruit for wildlife in the fall. The flowers of the plum are similar to the Wild Cherry or Chokecherry, but they are larger and not in a long cluster. I found this tree blooming at the parking area of Haw Ridge.
Flowers in the Rose family have numerous pistils and stamens. The pistils are the female parts of the flower, they are attached to the ovary, the seed-producing part. The stamen are the male parts and contain the pollen-producing anthers. Pollen must be transferred from one flower to another on a plant of the same type for seed production to occur.
Perennial - Tree
Where seen: Haw Ridge Greenway, Great Smoky Mountains NP