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Bare Root Plums & Prunes
The majority of our plum offerings are Japanese varieties, which include many different colors, shapes and flavors. The most familiar and popular is Santa Rosa with its tart purple skin and sweet, juicy, amber flesh. The tree is usually very productive and, if the plums are picked when still firm, they are more useful for cooking and baking. When soft ripe, it is best to eat them out of hand.
Plum trees are usually vigorous growers and they have few diseases in our area, considered to be the dry West. If fungal diseases and insects such as scale occur in your area, a spray of copper sulfate combined with horticultural oil should be applied during the dormant season. When plum leaves start to curl, many people suspect that their trees have been infected with peach leaf curl, the fungal disease of peaches and nectarines. However, curled plum leaves generally indicate the presence of aphids. This problem can be handled with a spray of insecticidal soap, or, if available in your area, a package of live lady bugs.
Plums & Prunes
Beauty Plum - Semi-dwarf
Sweet, flavorful plum, more widely adapted than Santa Rosa and more productive in cool, rainy climates. Fruit has red over yellow skin, amber flesh is streaked red. Good pollenizer. Ripens in June. 250 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.
Blue Damson Plum - Standard
Very old variety, rugged, vigorous and dependable. Small, round, blue-black plums for jams and jellies. Freestone flesh is green and tart. Late blooming, cold hardy to zone 5, heavy bearing. Ripens in late August/early September. 800 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.
Burgundy Plum - Semi-dwarf
Sweet, juicy and pleasing mild flavored plum with maroon skin and flesh, small pit and little or no tartness. High taste test scores. Very productive. Tree has narrow, upright habit. Prolonged harvest, late July to mid August. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.
Burgundy Plum - Standard
Sweet, juicy and pleasing mild flavored plum with maroon skin and flesh, small pit and little or no tartness. High taste test scores. Very productive. Tree has narrow, upright habit. Prolonged harvest, late July to mid August. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.
Catalina Plum - Semi-dwarf
Large, black skinned, favorite fresh market plum with very high taste test scores; one of the best plums for fresh eating. Amber flesh is sweet and juicy but still firm when fully ripe, with very little tartness at skin and pit. Ripens late July. Vigorous, productive tree; one of the best choices for home planting. 3-400 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.
Elephant Heart Plum - Semi-dwarf
Home orchard favorite! Large, heart shaped plum with sweet, juicy, firm red flesh, rich flavor and dark reddish purple, mottled skin. Hardy, heavy bearing. Ripens in September with long harvest season. 500 hours or less. Pollenized by Beauty or Santa Rosa. Available on Cit.
Green Gage Plum--Bavay's - Standard
Superior selection of gage-type European plums, which are later blooming and more cold hardy than Santa Rosa and other Japanese types. Bavay's is more productive in moderate winter climates than common Green Gage. Small to medium size fruit is richly flavored, very sweet. Excellent fresh and for cooking, canning. Ripens mid to late August. Relatively small tree. Originated in Belgium in the 19th century. Estimated chilling requirement is 600 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.
Inca Plum - Standard
Medium, heart shaped. Skin is golden with magenta specks and magenta blush around the stem end when ripe. Flesh is rich, dense and crisp. Unique flavor with a perfect balance of tart and sweet. Ripens early to mid August. 300 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.
Italian Prune - Standard
Large, purple skinned freestone prune with rich flavor; very sweet when fully ripe. Used fresh, dried, canned. Vigorous, cold hardy tree with late bloom. Late August/early September harvest. 800 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.
Mariposa Plum - Semi-dwarf
Large, red fleshed, sweet, juicy, firm, delicious plum with small pit, nearly freestone. Mottled maroon over green skin. Use fresh or cooked. Ripens in August. 250 hrs. Pollenized by Catalina, Nubiana, or Santa Rosa. Available on Cit.
Methley Plum - Standard
Juicy, sweet plum with mild flavor. Flesh is red; skin is reddish purple. Attractive tree, heavy bearing and vigorous. Ripens in June. Recommended for Hawaii, yet cold hardy to zone 4. Less than 250 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro
Nubiana Plum - Standard
Large, sweet, firm fruit with amber flesh and dark purplish black skin. Has flattened shape with very little tartness at skin or pit. Favorite fresh market plum, excellent for home orchard. Ripens in late July/early August. 4-500 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.
Santa Rosa Plum - Semi-dwarf
Most popular plum in California and Arizona. Juicy, tangy, flavorful amber flesh is tinged red. Has tart, reddish purple skin. Ripens late June. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.
Santa Rosa Plum - Standard
Most popular plum in California and Arizona. Juicy, tangy, flavorful amber flesh is tinged red. Has tart, reddish purple skin. Ripens late June. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.
Satsuma Plum - Standard
Second most popular plum in California. Mottled maroon over green skin with dark red, meaty flesh. Sweet, mild, not tart; favorite for jam. Ripens in late July. 300 hrs. Pollenized by Santa Rosa or Beauty. Available on Mari.
Sugar Prune - Standard
Reddish purple skin, greenish yellow flesh, very sweet. Used fresh and for canning. Lower chilling requirement than other European prunes/plums. Ripens mid August. 550 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.
Weeping Santa Rosa Semi-Dwarf Plum
One of the most flavorful, aromatic Japanese plums when fully ripe. Beautiful eight to ten foot tree with weeping growth habit. Ripens in July, two weeks after Santa Rosa. 200-400 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.