This is an attractive evergreen tree that is useful as an ornamental garden tree and for attracting birds and butterflies into the garden. With its thick crown and somewhat drooping leaves, the wild plum is a good shade tree in the garden. The tasty plum-like fruits first appear green and then turn red when they ripen in autumn; they contain a single seed and are enjoyed by people, mammals and birds. They are commonly used for making jams and jellies. With their sour taste, they are also good to make rose wine. The bark is a popular traditional medicine. It is used to treat acne and eczema, and is usually applied in the form of facial saunas and skin washes.