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Alleghany Plum (Prunus alleghaniensis)

Alleghany plum, sometimes referred to as "sloe plum," is a rare species and is listed on the Special Concern list in Michigan. Its main range is in the eastern United States, principally from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. In Michigan, this plum is considered to be a different variety of the species and is being recommended for listing under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Alleghany plum frequently grows in thicket like clusters or clones. The clones often contain numerous dead branches and twigs; this "dead looking" appearance can be used as an identification feature. The fruit is a small, bluish plum prized by a variety of wildlife.