|The hog plum is a shrub/small tree that
can be found in open areas where soils are well-drained. In the late
spring they produce a 1/2 to 3/4 inch red/yellow fruit that
makes an excellent wine and jelly, although the fruit contains hydrocyanic
acid and should not be consumed in excess. The young tender green
stems are edible raw, with a strong sour taste. Its yellow, half-inch
fragrant flowers bloom from late spring to early fall, and its dense,
thorny, foliage provides excellent protective cover from predators.