Plum Trees

Plum Trees

Sweet plum trees for every backyard orchardist's dream come true! Grow fresh, juicy plums in your backyard or orchard that ripen in summer year after year. You can buy plum trees online!

Some plum varieties are self pollinating but will produce a better crop if planted with other fruit trees for maximum cross pollination. The showy white flowers will entice pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to stop by for a second in spring. Read about Pollination in Fruit Trees.

Grow these flowering plum trees in a wide variety of planting sites and soil conditions. All types of plum tree varieties require full sun and well drained soil. Make sure you pick the right variety for your space and planting site.

The Methley Plum is an excellent choice for the northern United States as it can grow fruitfully up to USDA plant hardiness zone 5. The Santa Rosa Plum is an excellent Japanese plum cultivar for sweet tasting fruit. Not getting any plums on your tree? Check out this blog post to troubleshoot.

These trees do not ship bare root. They are rooted in a nursery container with soil to ensure the safety of the trees upon arrival.

Enjoy eaten fresh, in pies or cobblers, and used in preserves or jellies. They have a multitude of culinary uses!

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!

Shop grafted Plum Trees for sale.

Plum Tree Care

How to Grow a Plum Tree

Growing plum trees is not difficult as long as you give them the care they need. Plum tree planting and care can be described in our Plum Grow Guide mentioned above, but in general, plum trees prefer at least 6-8 hours of full sun, well draining soil that has been kept consistently moist during the active growing seasons of spring and summer. We recommend buying a grafted plum tree for best results as some plums grown by seed are not of the same quality as a grafted tree. 

How to Plant a Plum Tree

When planting plum trees, be sure to choose a planting site that suits the plum tree's needs. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Take the plum tree out of the nursery container and loosen up the root ball to prepare for being planted in the ground. Be sure to level out the top of the root ball with the ground level. You do not want the trees planted too deep. Backfill with native soil or amended soil such as our Fruit Tree Planting Mix to give the tree good quality, humus rich soil filled with nutrients to jumpstart their life in the ground. Water thoroughly the first few weeks of planting to establish a strong root system. Cover the root zone with mulch to help retain moisture.

When to Plant Plum Trees

The best time to plant plum trees is in early spring or early fall so the tree can establish a root system before winter. 

How to Prune a Plum Tree

Pruning plum trees is important for the health and safety of the trees. Plan to prune the plum trees every year so they can grow to the optimum size and produce bushels of delicious plum fruit. Create an open center by pruning into a vase shape with 3-4 healthy, strong branches. This will allow for the proper air circulation and sunlight to hit the branches. Always prune before the buds have formed for spring or you risk cutting off that year's fruit. Pruning overgrown plum trees may seem like a daunting task but it is important to complete this task so your plum tree can perform properly. 

When to Prune Plum Trees

The best time to prune plum trees is in late winter or early spring while the tree is still dormant. This will give you the best view of the branch structure as plums are deciduous trees and lose their leaves over winter. 

When Do Plum Trees Bloom

All plum tree varieties bloom from early spring to late spring when the temperatures are right. 

How Much Is a Plum Tree

Perfect Plants plum trees come in the 4-5 foot size and cost $99.99 but we occasionally have discounts where they are discounted up to $64.99.

What About Feeding Plum Trees

Fertilization will help plum trees produce more fruit. The best plum tree fertilizer is an all-purpose, slow release fertilizer to help feed the tree and enrich it with nutrients that may be missing in the soil. Fertilizing the plum tree should happen on a yearly basis. 

Do Plum Trees Need a Pollinator

Some plum trees do require another plum tree to cross pollinate and set fruit. Plum tree pollination is extremely important if you want to get bushels of delicious plums. Some of our varieties, Golden Plum, Methley Plum, and Scarlet Beauty Plum are self-pollinating but will produce even more fruit with a closely related plum tree nearby. 

How Big Do Plum Trees Get

The standard plum tree height is from 15-20 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide. If you are planting a semi dwarf plum tree, the mature height is 10-15 feet tall making it perfect for small planting sites! Our Santa Rosa Plum tree is a semi dwarf variety. 

When Do Plum Trees Produce Fruit

After flowering, the trees will produce fruit from early summer through early fall. The climate, variety, and species of each individual plum tree will determine the exact time the fruit is produced and ready to pick off the tree. 

Do Plums Ripen off the Tree

Once you pick plums off the tree, they will continue to ripen on the counter. Just like pears and nectarines, plums will give off ethylene gas as they soften and get ready to be eaten on the counter. 

How Long Do Plum Trees Live

Depending on the care and climate of the tree, plum trees can live anywhere from 10-20 years old.

What are Some Plum Tree Diseases

Some common diseases that affect plum trees are brown rot, canker, leaf spot, or scale. Every fruit tree is susceptible to some form of pest or disease. The best way to mitigate these problems would be by providing proper care such as pruning, watering, mulching, and fertilizing at the right times. This will ensure your plum tree stays healthy and problem free. If something does begin to happen, take action immediately for the best results.