Santa Rosa Plum Tree

Santa Rosa Plum Tree

8 reviews
  • Edible fruit

  • Showy spring flowers

  • Heat tolerant

  • Self-fertile

Regular price $99.99 Sale price $79.99 20% off

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
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Sweet Tasty Plum Fruit is Produced in Summer

The Prunus salicina Santa Rosa Plum tree is a favorite cultivar among home gardeners for its lush fruit and low maintenance qualities.

The Santa Rosa produces high-quality, large, red fruit growing with golden yellow flesh that appears in early spring and ripens in mid July. The tree yields an abundant harvest of delicious plums with purple skin!

They have a wide variety of culinary uses, including freezing, making ice cream, plum jelly, and preserves. The stone fruits of this Santa Rosa Japanese plum are delicious when eaten fresh and the more you pick them the greater the fruit production will be.

Developed by Luther Burbank in 1885, an American botanist and horticulture pioneer discovered this plum tree. Everyone was so amazed by the fresh eating plums it won many awards and has been cherished for generations.

The beautiful weeping branches producing fruit will bloom luscious white flowers that load the tree to prepare for pollination. The green leaves of this medium sized tree will contrast nicely until the leaves fall for winter.

The Santa Rosa Plum Tree is an excellent option for cross pollinating other fruit including other plum trees, pear trees, and peach trees. Read more about Pollination in Fruit Trees.

Check out this Santa Rosa Plum Pollination Chart to find out which other Japanese varieties of plum it can pollinate.


This European plum tree prefers well-drained soil, full sun, and is self-fertile. This means it does not need another plum tree around to produce fruit. However, having another plum variety will increase fruit production and you will have a heavier crop.

The plum tree grows best across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 6-10. This plum tree requires around 300 to 400 chill hours for best results in fruiting. It is a heat tolerant tree and prefers the southern climates.

The Santa Rosa Plum size is semi dwarf. This plum variety can grow wider than it is tall. At a mature height of 15-20 feet tall and 18 – 25 feet wide this dwarf tree requires space for its branches and root system to grow.

Santa Rosa Plum Tree Care

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 tree and keep in moisture during the hot summer months.

Santa Rosa should be pruned each year during the dormant time of winter. You should water your Santa Rosa tree at least once a week during the growing season especially as a young tree when roots are established.

Easy to grow and care for and mostly free of pests and diseases, this home grown dwarf plum tree Santa rosa is an excellent choice for backyard enthusiasts and orchardists alike. Not getting any plums? Check out our blog about Why There Are No Plums on Your Tree. The most popular reason for no fruit is the Santa rosa plum disease – black 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 and Growing Fruit Trees in Containers for more information on planting, harvesting, and reaping the benefits of this amazing tree!

Shipping information

Once your Santa Rosa 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.

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.

Growing 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 and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


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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Botanical Name
Prunus salicina 'Santa Rosa'

Full Sun

Foliage Color

Flower Color

Mature Width
18-25 ft

Mature Height
15-20 ft

Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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A Perfect Plants Customer
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Have had them growing for 2 years and I have over 1000 plums on the tree

My daughter got me these 2 years ago for Father's Day. They were loaded with blooms this spring and already have hundreds, maybe thousands, of baby plums. I am very pleased with the experience.

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Hey Wayne, Thanks so much for the awesome review with photos included! We're happy to see your Santa Rosa Plum Tree thriving! Hope you get to enjoy them soon! Best, Shirley

United States


Great, tall alive and in good health. No diseases. Shipped fast.

Joseph H.

T am still waiting to see if the tree will survive the horrid experience of UPS Las Vegas. Otherwise, I am quite happy with your help and cooperation.


Very Healthy ! Can't wait for it to produce fruit.

Jonathan W.

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