Plum Overview

Description 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.
Genus Name Prunus_ spp.
Common Name Plum
Plant Type Fruit, Tree
Light Sun
Height 8 to 20 feet
Width 10 to 20 feet
Flower Color Pink, White
Season Features Spring Bloom
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Grafting
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.

More varieties for Plum


'Dapple Dandy' pluot

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


'Oullin's Golden Gage' plum

produces large, sweet, golden-yellow dessert fruit in late summer. Choose a semi-dwarf plant for a neat and tidy habit. Zones 4-9


'Pipestone' plum

has excellent hardiness and lovely golden-blushed red-skin fruit with yellow flesh. It is sweet and juicy. Zones 4-8


'Richard's Early Italian' plum

bears exceptionally sweet fruits early in the season. Zones 5-9


'Satsuma' plum

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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