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Prickly Plum

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Risser09, Mar 12, 2009.

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  1. Risser09

    Risser09 New Member

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    A friend at work has what he calls a "prickly plum" tree that is all but fallen. He says there is probably enough to fill a truck, with a 7"-8" base. I've never heard of such a tree and can't come up with much on google. Does anyone have any insight? Is he describing a different tree?

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  2. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Never burned it but rule of thumb up here is that fruit trees make good fire wood...like apple, pear and cherry. If it were me I'd take it.
  3. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    The native plums in PA can have lots of short spur branches that could make the tree 'prickly' and might be the reason he is calling it prickly plum. The name prickly plum isn't commonly used here in PA in my experience, and it definitely isn't the official name of the tree, but native plums of a couple dfferent species are found throughout the eastern US. I think the wood would be a lot like cherry. If it is free and not too hard to get, take it.
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