Hardy and adaptable, plum trees are an excellent choice of fruit tree for the northern garden. Fruits are sweet and juicy, making them excellent for fresh eating, baking, and preserves. Also prized as an ornamental, producing delicate white blossoms in spring and orange-red fall color.
Plant plums in full sun with well-drained soil. Adaptable to a range of soils, but will not tolerate overly wet soil. Plums are well suited to sandy soils, but benefit from amending with organic matter prior to planting. Water deeply and regularly in early years to establish a deep root system.
Many varieties require a pollinator for proper fruit formation, with the exception of Mount Royal.
Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Exposure: Full Sun
Mature Size: 8-12' tall, 8-10' wide
Fruit: Sweet and juicy with a tender flesh. Dark blue fruits ripen in mid-late August. Self-fertile, does not require an alternate pollinator.