Methley Plum Tree

Product Description

Looking for a delicious plum tree that looks great in your landscape all year long and is fresh eating? Look no further than the Methley Plum tree cultivar!

This variety blooms beautiful, fragrant white flowers with a bloom time beginning in spring. The dwarf Methley Plum tree produces sweet, reddish purple fleshed fruit that ripen in mid summer and are of medium size.

It is self-pollinating, but planting two or more will result in a better crop from cross pollination.  Only around 250 chill hours are required for the plum tree to set fruit.

This early blooming european plum produces heavy annual crops of juicy sweet red fruit, with a crisp, mild flavored red flesh. Perfect for eating fresh right off the tree or making a sweet jam!

Methley Plum Tree Information

The Methley Plum tree does best in loamy, well-drained soil and full sun. The tree is exceptionally disease resistant, heat tolerant and also often serves as a pollinator for other Japanese plum trees.

The Methley Plum has a very fast growth rate. The semi dwarf tree can grow up to 12-15 inches per year. In addition, it can grow up to 15-20 feet tall at full maturity. Grow the Methley Japanese plum across the United States in USDA zones 5-9. It is very cold hardy!

One of the most rewarding fruit trees as it can produce fruit as a young tree in the first 1-2 years of planting. Fertilize in the early spring growing season to encourage plums with a slow release fertilizer.

Overall, a very easy to grow plum tree. We ship these trees rooted in soil in containers, they are not shipped bare root. This is to ensure the safety of the trees. No plums on your tree? We can help with that.

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Check out the Plum Growing Guide for more information on planting, harvesting, and reaping the benefits of this amazing tree!

Botanical Name

Prunus salicina

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 15-20 ft
Mature Width 18-20 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Edible fruit
  • Fragrant, white flowers
  • Disease resistant
  • Heat tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your Methley 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.

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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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  1. Elida

    Perfect Plants has the right stuff!

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  2. Amy Hampton (store manager)

    The plums on this fruit tree are delicious! When I got the tree two years ago it arrived with baby plums. They get bigger every year. I have ordered many trees from this company since and they continue to take care of me. Thank you

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  3. Alex (verified owner)

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    Most likely it is my heavy clay soil but the plum tree is struggling. Was a bit dinged during shipping with dirt spilling out, but seemed to be adequately moist when unpacked. Hopefully turns things around.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Alex, we hope your Methley plum tree bounces back. It might be worth it to amend the soil with a fruit tree planting mix or something rich in nutrients to enrich the surrounding soil at the planting site. Good luck and please reach out with any questions you may have.

  4. Ronald V. (verified owner)

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    Wow! Shipping was excellent. The plum tree was in great shape.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Ronald, thank you so much for your kind words on our Methley Plum Tree. We are glad it arrived safe and sound. Enjoy!

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