Would Beach Plum Make a Good Foundation Planting?

edlincoln(6A)

I'm going to buy a boyfriend for an existing Beach Plum, and am trying to figure out where to put it.

Would it work a couple feet from a house as a foundation planting? Or would the roots cause problems?

How far can it be from the other beach plum to pollinate it?

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wisconsitom(Zone 4/5)

Ed, you talking Prunus cistena? The roots will be of no concern, but what will happen is, in ten or so years, the thing will already be in decline. Cherry-like plants, of which this is one, don't make for long-lived landscape elements. Enjoy it while it looks decent, but expect maladies to set in eventually. Certainly at the very least, black knot will get ahold of it in time.

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edlincoln(6A)

No, Prunus maritima.

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wisconsitom(Zone 4/5)

OK, largely the same applies-Prunus as a genus is just not very long-lived, with Prunus serotina being perhaps one exception. But you're not going to be planting black cherry next to your foundation, lol!

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