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Mexican plum blossoms

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On February 6th along the northern stretch of Spicewood Springs Rd. I photographed a few early blossoms on a Mexican plum tree (Prunus mexicana), which is also native in central Texas. This was the first flowering tree I saw in 2019; in fact it’s still the only one because overcast skies, cold, and drizzle have combined to keep me from going out much in nature this past week.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 12, 2019 at 4:30 AM

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  1. Very pretty.


    February 12, 2019 at 5:13 AM

  2. Is the fruit of the Mexican plum edible? If so, delicious?


    February 12, 2019 at 5:30 AM

  3. Such a pretty curve.


    February 12, 2019 at 6:34 AM

  4. Beautiful, delicate, and calm — lovely photograph, Steve.

    Jet Eliot

    February 12, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    • I’m happy to hear you felt a sense of calm, especially as this plum tree grows at the edge of a main street within sight and sound of a freeway a block away.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 12, 2019 at 8:32 AM

  5. Beautiful.


    February 12, 2019 at 1:14 PM

  6. Great picture – I can practically smell them!

    M.B. Henry

    February 12, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    • Someone else commented about the scent but unfortunately with so few early blossoms I didn’t smell anything. I’ll see what comes my way later in the season.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 12, 2019 at 9:27 PM

  7. They’re beautiful little blossoms, and I’d like to try the fruit sometime. I did look at the link you posted for M.S.Wills, and saw that the flavor varies greatly, but as a rule, I really like plums.

    Robert Parker

    February 12, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    • Someone else mentioned the smell, which unfortunately wasn’t strong enough for me to detect, given how few blossoms had opened. If I come across any of the fruit later in the season, I’ll try it to see how it tastes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 12, 2019 at 9:20 PM

  8. Between Spicewood Springs Road and McKinney Falls, you’ve found some beautiful examples of this tree. While I enjoyed looking back at your photos of the trees in full bloom, this is a fine complement. I like its simplicity.

    Somehow, I’d never gotten around to identifying a tree I found in bloom on the Willow City Loop, but when I looked at the photos just now, it’s clearly Mexican plum. On that trip, the redbuds were in full bloom, too. I was there on March 22, so it’s getting time to be making the trek again.


    February 12, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    • You’re reading my mind again. I looked back at posts showing Mexican plum trees covered with lots of blossoms, thinking I might include a link in case anyone wanted to see the later stage. Then I decided to wait and see whether I find any fully flowering plum trees later in the season that I can make new pictures of—just as this post’s minimalist image of just a few flowers was something new.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 12, 2019 at 9:24 PM

  9. Beautiful photo! From here it’s hard to imagine spring blossoms already. I spent most of the day plowing snow.


    February 12, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    • Yes, plowing snow is an alien pastime here. And yet I remember how early in the year you’ve sometimes shown new wildflowers you found up there, even when snow was still heavily around.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 13, 2019 at 7:15 AM

  10. Pretty – and they look similar to a pear tree blossom


    February 13, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    • The resemblance isn’t just coincidental: pears and plums are both members of the rose family.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 13, 2019 at 9:11 PM

  11. WHOA! A new one for me. I am already baffled by the different species that are known as ‘American plum’. I do not know the Mexican plum.


    February 14, 2019 at 9:46 PM

    • Here’s more info about it:


      From the range map you can see it has a pretty wide distribution:


      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2019 at 10:11 PM

      • Goodness! That is a big range! It is something that I should have been familiar with.
        The American plum that is common here is naturalized from understock of the old orchard trees, but is actually not native. It is a rather nice plum, but made me more interested in the other North American species that are related to it. They can be difficult to distinguish.


        February 16, 2019 at 1:42 AM

        • One good thing is that you can see Mexican plum trees when you finally return to Oklahoma.

          I have plenty of trouble distinguishing species. A documentary about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef that we watched yesterday said 2000 species of sponges live there. At least the sponges in my kitchen come in distinctive colors.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 16, 2019 at 8:34 AM

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  14. Lovely shot. Has it gotten nicer? I’ve been reading how so much of the country is getting pounded by this series of storms, with even snow falling where it usually doesn’t. My friend Joyce and I are getting stir-crazy, not being able to get out into the preserves. Sheets of uneven ice everywhere, and the temps stubbornly staying cold.


    February 27, 2019 at 7:45 AM

    • I’m sorry about your stir-craziness and cold and ice, and also sorry to say that’s not unusual for February in northern Illinois. Down here it’s 73° now with a mostly sunny sky. That’s why I moved south.

      As for the plum tree, I haven’t been back by there, so I don’t know how the blossoming has progressed. I assume, based on past years, that a lot more flowers have come out. I hope so.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2019 at 3:16 PM

      • I’ve been busy though. I had a show end, and another is about to start. That means lots of carrying paintings around. I’m grateful for the opportunities!


        February 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM

        • Glad to hear about the opportunities. Hope you made and make a good showing.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 28, 2019 at 8:08 AM

          • Thank you Steve. Opportunities are wonderful things when they come along.


            March 2, 2019 at 8:54 AM

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