• Sweet

  • juicy plums

  • Low maintenance

  • Cold hardy

Regular price $99.99 Sale price $79.99 20% off

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  • Ships in 2-3 business days
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  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Showy White Flowers Mature Into Red Plum Fruit Perfect  for Fresh Eating off the Tree!

The Bruce Plum Tree is one of the toughest varieties of plum trees out there!

It’s a Chickasaw x Japanese Cross to create a sweet and juicy plum perfect for growing in your backyard! In late spring, white flowers will burst out of the bare stems that mature into dark red fruits. With loads of late spring blooms, there is no chance of losing them due to a late spring frost and you will get plenty of fruit on the tree in no time! With an early ripening season, you could be picking Bruce plums by June.

The medium to large fruits can be eaten fresh off the tree, baked into goods like cobblers or pies, or preserved into jellies for later use. The Bruce plum taste can be described as mildly sweet and mellow from the buttery yellow flesh. The red skin leaves a crisp crunch in your mouth.

The Bruce semi dwarf plum tree is a great choice for home gardeners to add to their backyard orchard or as a stand alone tree where the white spring flowers can be appreciated. The green leaves will produce a large canopy that makes it an excellent shade tree.


Growing bruce plum trees is easy if you live in the United States plant hardiness zones 5-9. A planting site with at least 6-8 hours of full sun is required for fruit production. Japanese plum trees like well draining, slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic nutrients. The Bruce Plum chill hours are at 500 hours which is low and perfect for the southern states. This plum variety likes hot, dry summers and is drought tolerant once established.

It has good disease resistance making it an ‘easy to grow’ tree for beginners. The compact size of this fruit tree can grow 12-15 feet tall and 10-20 feet wide but annual pruning techniques can keep your tree at a good size for harvesting the plums. We recommend pruning every year in late winter to shape the tree to a desirable size.

The addition of a slow release fertilizer is very beneficial and will help the tree mature and produce flowers to set fruit. Apply a ring of mulch around the root system to help retain moisture and control weeds throughout the growing season.

Are Bruce Plum Trees Self Pollinating Fruit Trees?

They do require another plum tree nearby to act as a pollinator. Bruce plum cross pollination does well with Golden Plum, Robusto, Segundo, & Chickasaw Plums.

Shop the Bruce plum tree for sale.

Check out our blog posts on Why Are There No Plums on My Tree? & our Plum Tree Grow Guide for more tips on growing plum trees.

Shipping information

Once your Bruce Plum Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Prunus salicina x angustifolia ‘Bruce’

Full Sun

Foliage Color

Flower Color

Mature Width
10-20 ft

Mature Height
12-15 ft

Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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