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Prunus maritima var. gravesii

Graves Beach Plum

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Prunus maritima var. gravesii (ex: Gregory Anderson) - This Beach Plum is a truly a very rare endemic originally discovered at what is now known as Esker Point in Groton, Connecticut. Sadly, now extinct in the wild in that a single individual had ever been identified and lived a lonely life. Only a handful of specimens remain in a few arboretum - possibly Connecticut College and the Arnold Arboretum. Mr. Anderson reports that there is still one specimen on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. Professor Anderson generously allowed us cuttings from his own plant; now we have it at Quackin' Grass. In good conditions this upright, multi-stemmed shrub may achieve 8.5 feet in height cloaked rounded dark green glossy leaves with a crinkly texture and gently serrated edges. The leaves are scalloped coins and a complete departure from the usual Beach Plum leaf. Fertile draining ground in full sun. For gardeners towards the northern end of its range spring planting is advised... it might be fine, just playin' it safe! Established potted Graves Beach Plum from cutting.

On 5.31.2020 Nan S. (VA) wrote: "I wanted to write and thank you for the two beach plums var gravesii. All I can say I wow, what beautiful specimens. I’m not given to writing reviews, but I have to say those are the nicest mail order plants I have ever received. Thank you, Nan" Nan, it's music to our ears. Thank you!

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7-8 ft


6-7 ft




(3?)4 to 8(9?)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Prunus maritima var. gravesii

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Lenticels

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun


  • Hedgerow
  • Collector Plant
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Average


  • Connecticut

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown