Golden Plum Tree

Product Description

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 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 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!

Botanical Name

Prunus domestica 'Gold'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 15 ft
Mature Width 15 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Edible fruit
  • Showy spring flowers
  • Heat tolerant
  • Self-fertile

Shipping Info

Once your Golden 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.

upside down test

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.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing 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.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

shipping matrix 2-16

 

Care

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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