Chickasaw Plum for Wildlife

Apr 13, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. I’ve been noticing Chickasaw plums on my drive to Sumter recently. I see them on the dry, open woodlands as I drive down towards the Wateree flood plain. They’re modest in size, open and twiggy trees that you wouldn’t call spectacular, as even in bloom their beauty is somewhat ephemeral.  They do make small fruits that are enjoyed by wildlife as they aren’t picky about the damage caused by the plum curculio like we are. They’re considered a must have for wildlife habit as besides providing good shelter for birds they are the larval food source for over 465 larvae of butterflies and moths. Sadly, you can go to big box stores and even some responsible nurseries and buy privet and Bradford pears, but these native trees are difficult to find. My usual go to nursery lists them but they are currently "unavailable.'