The Scarlet Beauty Plum tree lives up to its name with its lush red-fleshed fruit and delicious flavor perfect for fresh eating!
Developed by plant breeder Ronald Lambert of Wachula, FL, this Prunus salicina cultivar is a low-chill Japanese-style plum tree that makes an excellent fruit cultivar for even south Florida. Grows mostly in southern states and is a great small plum tree for home gardeners.
Scarlet Beauty’s plums fruit are medium sized with bright red streaked amber flesh and soft skin. Plums ripen in May or early summer. This cultivar requires a low chill time of 150 hours to produce fruit. Fruit production will begin after 1-3 years of planting. Is your red plum tree not producing a crop of fruit? Check out our blog on Why are There No Plums on my tree.
The Scarlet Beauty Red Plum Tree is also self-pollinating but does very well with a pollinator such as ‘Gulf Ruby,’ ‘Gulf Blaze,’ or ‘Gulf Gold;’ and does exceptionally well in warmer climates.
Growing plums has never been easier with this low maintenance fruit tree! Read below for more scarlet beauty plum information.
Japanese Plum Tree Care
Best grown across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 7-10. Cannot handle freezing temperatures and high chill hours of the northern states. If you have this tree in a large container it can be grown in cooler climates. Protect your tree from winter frosts by mulching or covering with a sheet.
Be sure to space these shade trees at least 12-15 feet apart. This dwarf red plum fruit tree can grow up to 10 feet tall and 5-10 feet wide giving it a small compact space even at full maturity. Prune your plum tree in late winter when it is dormant to maintain desired size and shape.
Grows best across the United States in USDA growing zones 7-10. The Red Beauty Plum tree prefers full sun and well draining soil. Plum trees like a slightly alkaline soil for best fruit production.
Water the tree thoroughly for the first few years to establish a good root system. After this flowering plum tree is established, it is moderately drought tolerant. A slow release fertilizer in the early spring growing season will encourage new growth and spring flowers.
The Scarlet plum variety is a great low maintenance fruit tree for orchardists and backyard enthusiasts alike. You cannot go wrong with the Scarlet Plum tree because it is easy to grow and produces delicious plums that are home grown!
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Prunus 'Scarlet Beauty'
- Sweet, edible fruit
- Heat tolerant
- Low chill hours