Sweet Tasty Plum Fruit is Produced in Summer
The Prunus salicina Santa Rosa Plum tree is a favorite cultivar among home gardeners for its lush fruit and low maintenance qualities. Developed by Luther Burbank in 1885, an American botanist and horticulture pioneer discovered this plum tree. Everyone was so amazed by the fresh eating plums it won many awards and has been cherished for generations.
The Santa Rosa produces high-quality, large, red fruit growing with golden yellow flesh that appears in early spring and ripens in mid July. The tree yields an abundant harvest of delicious plums with purple skin!
They have a wide variety of culinary uses, including freezing, making ice cream, plum jelly, and preserves. The stone fruits of this Santa Rosa Japanese plum are delicious when eaten fresh and the more you pick them the greater the fruit production will be.
The beautiful weeping branches producing fruit will bloom luscious white flowers that load the tree to prepare for pollination. The green leaves of this medium sized tree will contrast nicely until the leaves fall for winter.
Fruit tree planting is a great way to utilize your yard and space to grow food for your family! Check out the Plum Growing Guide and Growing Fruit Trees in Containers for more information on planting, harvesting, and reaping the benefits of this amazing tree!
How Big Does A Santa Rosa Plum Tree Get?
A full grown Santa Rosa plum tree and reach a mature height of 15-20 feet tall. The Santa Rosa plum size is semi dwarf and can grow wider than it is tall to about 18 to 25 feet wide and requires space for its branches and root system to grow.
The plum tree grows best across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 6-10. This plum tree requires around 300 to 400 chill hours for best results in fruiting.
Are Santa Rosa Plum Trees Self Pollinating?
The Santa Rosa plum tree is self-fertile. This means it does not need another plum tree around to produce fruit. However, having another plum variety will increase fruit production and you will have a heavier crop.
Check out this Santa Rosa Plum Pollination Chart to find out which other Japanese varieties of plum it can pollinate.
How To Plant A Santa Rosa Plum Tree
When planting a Santa Rosa Plum tree, be sure to chose a location with well-drained soil and full sun. Planting this plum tree in full sun will help yield more plums of better quality. It should get at least 6 hours of sun each day. Plant Santa Rosa plum trees in the spring for the best results. This European plum tree is a heat tolerant tree that prefers the southern climates.
How To Prune A Santa Rosa Plum Tree
Santa Rosa should be pruned each year during the dormant time of winter. Prune Santa Rosa plum trees immediately after planting. Santa Rosa Plum trees tend to have lots of upward growth. Prune its shoots back to its buds that face outward instead of upward. Remove V-shaped branch forks so keep the branches from breaking off.
When Do Santa Rosa Plum Trees Bloom?
Santa Rosa plum trees start to blossom in May and ripened fruit can be enjoyed around July. Our trees are ready to produce fruit, but it usually takes 3 to 5 years before the Santa Rosa plum tree produces fruit. To get more fruit out of your Santa Rosa plum tree, plant them in full sun and fertile soil. Regularly fertilizing the santa rosa can also help with its fruit production.
Check out our blog about Why There Are No Plums on Your Tree. The most popular reason for no fruit is the Santa rosa plum disease – black rot!
Santa Rosa Plum Tree Care
Easy to grow and care for and mostly free of pests and diseases, this home grown dwarf plum tree Santa rosa is an excellent choice for backyard enthusiasts and orchardists alike. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will encourage new growth every year. Mulch will help protect the tree and keep in moisture during the hot summer months.
You should water your Santa Rosa tree at least once a week during the growing season especially as a young tree when roots are established.
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Have had them growing for 2 years and I have over 1000 plums on the tree
My daughter got me these 2 years ago for Father's Day. They were loaded with blooms this spring and already have hundreds, maybe thousands, of baby plums. I am very pleased with the experience.
Hey Wayne, Thanks so much for the awesome review with photos included! We're happy to see your Santa Rosa Plum Tree thriving! Hope you get to enjoy them soon! Best, Shirley
Great, tall alive and in good health. No diseases. Shipped fast.
Woot woot! We love reading reviews like these. Hope your Santa Rosa Plum Tree is doing well. Happy plum picking!
T am still waiting to see if the tree will survive the horrid experience of UPS Las Vegas. Otherwise, I am quite happy with your help and cooperation.
Hi Joseph! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and sorry to hear about the UPS delivery. Glad to hear our team was able to help and hope you and your Santa Rosa Plum Tree are doing well together. Have a great day!
Very Healthy ! Can't wait for it to produce fruit.
Thank you for your feedback, Laura. We can't wait for you to have a plum picking party from your new Santa Rosa Plum Tree. Happy harvesting!
Hope you are enjoying picking plums from your new Santa Rosa Plum Tree, Jonathan. Take care!