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Plum


Prunus spp.

Plum

Of all the stone fruits, plums are some of the most varied. They range from hardy little cherry plums and sand cherries to hybrids with the hardiness of natives, sweet European plums, and sweet or tart Japanese plums. Grow several different species and have fun comparing the fruits' taste and texture. You'll be surprised by the diversity. Plums are relatively easy to grow and the trees are a pleasing shape in the landscape.

Light:
Sun
Zones:
2-9
Plant Type:
Fruit,Tree
Plant Height:
8-25 feet
Plant Width:
10-20 feet
Flower Color:
White or pink flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Spring
Landscape Uses:
Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers
Top Varieties

is a plum hybridized with an apricot. The result is a creamy-white and red fleshed fruit with wonderful plum-apricot flavor. Zones 5-9
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produces large, sweet, golden-yellow dessert fruit in late summer. Choose a semi-dwarf plant for a neat and tidy habit. Zones 4-9
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has excellent hardiness and lovely golden-blushed red-skin fruit with yellow flesh. It is sweet and juicy. Zones 4-8
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bears exceptionally sweet fruits early in the season. Zones 5-9
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is a small to medium, meaty plum with red juice. This early to mid-season plum has dark-red skin and mild-red flesh. It is good for desserts or preserves. Zones 5-8
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Harvest Tips
Plums bear their first crop of fruit 3 to 5 years after planting. Most trees are productive for 10 to 15 years. Plums are ready to harvest when they come off in your hand with a gentle twist.
Propagation
Grafting