The Prunus domestica Golden Plum tree is a favorite variety among home gardeners for its delicious fruit and low maintenance qualities.
Showy springtime flowers appear early in the season. The white flowers contrast the dark green leaves nicely. With medium sized to large fruit that is freestone with thin amber skin, golden nectar, and ripens in the summer months. Harvest the fruit when the plums are firm but starting to soften and you can hear the small pit rattle inside. Don’t forget to remove the pit when eating. It is a very productive plum tree with excellent flavor and texture.
The Golden plum fruit is juicy and perfect for eating fresh off the tree, canning, making plum jams or jelly, or baking. Check out this recipe for the best golden plum preserves.
This variety of plum is self fertile but will produce even more fruit with another pollinator nearby. The best plum varieties to cross-pollinate are Robusto, Segundo, and Chickasaw. The Golden Plum Tree is an excellent option for cross pollinating other fruit trees including other plum trees, pear trees, and peach trees. Read more about Pollination in Fruit Trees.
How to Plant a Plum Tree
The yellow plum tree grows best across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-10 – it is exceptionally cold hardy! Well drained soil and full sun are best for fruit production. This dessert plum tree requires around 400 chill hours for the best results in fruiting. It is heat tolerant and prefers the southern climates. Plums are deciduous trees meaning their green foliage will fall off for winter.
Plant fruit trees in the spring for the best results. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will encourage new growth every year. Mulch will help protect the Prunus domestica tree, sometimes called the “common plum”, and keep in moisture during the hot summer months.
The Golden Plum should be pruned each year during the dormant time of winter. You should water your Golden Plum tree at least once a week during the growing season especially as a young tree when roots are establishing. It will grow to 15 feet tall and wide at maturity making it perfect for small planting sites. Golden Plum has a medium growth rate of up to 1 foot per year.
Easy to grow and care for and mostly free of pests and diseases, this homegrown dwarf plum tree is an excellent choice for backyard enthusiasts and orchardists alike. Not getting any of your European plums? Check out our blog about Why There Are No Plums on Your Tree. The most popular reason for no stone fruit is the Golden plum disease – brown rot!
This is not a bare root tree, it ships rooted in a container with soil.
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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 for more information on planting, harvesting, and reaping the benefits of this amazing tree!
Prunus domestica 'Gold'
- Edible fruit
- Showy spring flowers
- Heat tolerant