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American Wild Plum Tree – Learn About Growing Wild Plums

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you have ever taken a hike at the margins of woodlands, you might have seen a wild plum. The American wild plum tree grows throughout the U.S. and southeastern Canada. You can learn more about growing wild plums in this article.

Early Prolific Plum Info: How To Grow Rivers Early Plum Trees

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you want a terrific early dessert plum, try growing Rivers Early plum trees. Prolific plum is easy to grow and can even produce a small crop without a pollinating partner. Click here for more Early Prolific plum info and see if this variety is right you.

What Is Plum Mosaic Virus: Treating Mosaic Virus On Plum Trees

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Unfortunately, there are no cures for mosaic virus of plums, but there are ways to prevent the disease from affecting your fruit trees. Learn the signs and symptoms of plum mosaic virus and how to prevent the disease from infecting your trees in this article.

How To Grow A Warwickshire Drooper Plum Tree

By Amy Grant

Warwickshire Drooper plum trees are perennial favorites in the United Kingdom that are revered for their abundant crops of medium sized, yellow fruit. Click here if you’re interested in growing your own Warwickshire Drooper fruit trees.

Care For Willingham Gage: How To Grow Willingham Gage Fruit Trees

By Teo Spengler

Those growing Willingham gages say that the fruit is the best plum fruit available. If you are considering growing Willingham gages, you’ll need a little more information. Click here for facts about these fruit trees and tips on how to grow Willingham gage fruit.

Valor Plum Care: Tips For Growing Valor Plums At Home

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Valor plum trees produce bounteous crops of attractive purple-blue fruit. You can easily grow your own tree if you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. The good news is that Valor plum care is relatively uninvolved. Learn about growing Valor plums here.

Growing A Cambridge Gage – Care Guide For Cambridge Gage Plums

By Mary Ellen Ellis

For a deliciously sweet and juicy plum, and one with a unique green color, consider growing a Cambridge gage tree. This variety of plum is easier to grow and hardier than its ancestors, perfect for the home gardener. Learn more in this article.

Jubileum Plum Care – Planting A Jubileum Plum Tree At Home

By Teo Spengler

Growing Jublileum plums is not difficult as long as you pick an appropriate planting site and provide the right care. For information about Jubileum plum trees and tips on Jubileum plum care, the following article will help. Click here to learn more.

Wallis’s Wonder Plum Info – How To Grow A Wallis’s Wonder Plum Tree

By Mary Ellen Ellis

For a late-season plum that holds up in storage all fall and that you can enjoy in a variety of ways, from fresh to canned, try growing Wallis’s Wonder plums. This delightful plum has a fun flavor to match its cheerful name. Learn more in this article.

European Plum Facts: Learn About European Plum Trees

By Teo Spengler

European plum trees are an ancient, domesticated species of fruit tree. These plum trees produce the best-known cultivated plums and the most widely distributed. Click on the following article for more European plum facts and tips on European plum growing.

President Plum Tree Info – How To Grow President Plum Trees

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although President plum fruit is used primarily for cooking or preserving, it’s also a delight eaten straight off the tree. This vigorous European plum is relatively easy to grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 8. Learn more about this plum tree here.

Tips For Growing Marjorie’s Seedling Plum Trees

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Marjorie's Seedling tree is an excellent plum for smaller gardens. It needs no pollinating partner and produces a tree full to the brim with deep purple-red fruit. If you love plums, try growing Marjorie's seedling plum. This article will help get you started.

Herman Plum Information – Tips For Growing Herman Plums

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Choosing the variety of a particular fruit to grow can be difficult, especially with so many options and limited garden space. A Herman plum tree is a good option for many reasons. Learn more about how and why you should grow this plum tree in the following article.

Plum ‘Opal’ Trees: Caring For Opal Plums In The Garden

By Teo Spengler

Some call plum ‘Opal’ the most delectable of all fruit. If you are growing Opal plums or want to plant Opal plum trees, you’ll need to know more about this fruit tree. Click on the following article for information and tips on Opal plum care.

Gage ‘Count Althann’s’ – Learn About Growing Count Althann’s Gage Trees

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Introduced to England from the Czech Republic in the 1860s, Count Althann’s trees are upright, compact trees with large leaves. The hardy trees tolerate spring frost and are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Click here for more information.

Merryweather Damson Tree Info – What Is A Merryweather Damson

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

One of the hardiest of all fruit trees, Merryweather damson trees are attractive in the garden, providing showy white flowers in spring and lovely foliage in autumn. Growing Merryweather damsons isn’t difficult. Learn more in this article.

What Is A Jefferson Gage: Tips For Growing Jefferson Plums

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Jefferson gage plums, originating in the United States around 1925, have yellow-green skin with reddish spots. These plum trees tend to be relatively disease-resistant and easy to grow as long as you provide the right conditions. Learn about growing Jefferson plums here.

Victoria Plum Trees: Tips For Growing Victoria Plums In Gardens

By Teo Spengler

Popular in the UK, if you start growing Victoria plums on this side of the pond, you’ll want to stock up on Victoria plum tree information first. Click this article for a description of Victoria plum trees as well as tips on how to grow Victoria plums in your garden.

Excalibur Plum Tree Care: Tips For Growing Excalibur Plums

By Mary Ellen Ellis

For a tasty, large plum in your backyard orchard, consider growing Excalibur. Care for an Excalibur plum tree is easier than for some other fruit trees, although you will need another plum tree nearby for pollination. Learn more in this article.

Czar Plum Fruit: How To Grow A Czar Plum Tree

By Amy Grant

Czar plum trees have a history dating back 140 years and, today, are still prized by many gardeners despite the dearth of more modern and improved varieties. The trees are particularly hardy, plus Czar plum fruit is an excellent cooking variety. Click here to learn more.

Langley Bullace Trees – How To Care For Langley Bullace Damson Plums

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Langley Bullace damson plums are one of the better fruits for canning and cooking. The name seems to point to large fruit but, actually, Langley Bullace trees produce fairly small plums. Learn about growing this tree in the following article.

Early Transparent Gage Care – Growing Early Transparent Gage Trees

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Gage plums, also known as greengage, are varieties of European plums that can be eaten fresh or canned. They can range in color from yellow and green to red and purple. The Early Transparent Gage plum is a yellow plum with a pretty red blush. Click here for more info.

Guinevere Plum Fruit – A Guide To Guinevere Plum Tree Care

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Guinevere plum fruit is one of the better late season dessert plums. It adapts to baked goods, grilling and even preserves. Growing Guinevere plums will provide you with a heavy crop of huge fruits to enjoy and share. Learn more about them in this article.

Farleigh Damson Info: How To Grow A Farleigh Damson Tree

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you are a fan of plums, you will love Farleigh damson fruits. The drupes are cousins of plums and have been found to be cultivated as far back as the Roman period, and is quite easy to grow. Click this article for some fun and informative Farleigh damson info.

Belle De Louvain Tree Care – How To Grow Belle De Louvain Plums

By Teo Spengler

If you are considering growing a Belle de Louvain plum tree, you’ll need information on the tree’s growth requirements. Click the following article for facts about these plum trees and their fruit, as well as tips on how to grow Belle de Louvain plums.

Growing Mirabelle De Nancy Plums In The Landscape

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Mirabelle de Nancy plum trees originated in France, where they are beloved for their intensely sweet flavor and firm, juicy texture. Click on the following article to learn more about how to grow Mirabelle de Nancy plum trees.

Denniston’s Superb Plum Care: How To Grow Denniston’s Superb Plum Trees

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Denniston’s Superb plum trees are disease resistant and easy to grow, even for novice gardeners. The attractive springtime blooms are a definite bonus. These hardy trees produce round fruit with greenish-golden flesh and a sweet, juicy flavor. Learn more here.

Ariel Plum Trees – Tips For Growing Ariel Plums At Home

By Amy Grant

If you like gage plums, you’ll love growing Ariel plum trees which produce pinkish gage-like plums. The following Ariel plum tree information discusses how to grow and care for Ariel plums in the home garden. Click here to learn more.

Gage Tree Information – Growing Coe’s Golden Drop Gage Fruit Trees

By Amy Grant

Green Gage plums produce fruit that is super sweet, a true dessert plum, but there is another sweet gage called Coe’s Golden Drop plum which rivals the Green Gage. Interested in learning how to grow Coe’s Gold Drop gage trees? This article will help.

Growing Reine Claude Conducta Plums In The Landscape

By Mary Ellen Ellis

If you love plums, growing Reine Claude Conducta plum trees should be a consideration for your home garden or small orchard. These unique Greengage plums produce high quality fruit that have flavor and texture unlike any other variety. Click here to learn more.

What Is A Shropshire Prune – A Guide To Growing Shropshire Prune Damsons

By Mary Ellen Ellis

One of the best varieties of plums for cooking is the Shropshire, a type of Damson, often referred to as a prune because it dries well and is tasty. Click this article for more Shropshire prune Damson information to find out if this is the right plum tree for your garden.

Golden Transparent Gage Info – Growing A Golden Transparent Gage At Home

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you are a fan of the group of plums called "gages," you will love Golden Transparent gage plums. Golden Transparent gage trees prefer warmer conditions and produce smaller but very flavorful fruit. Learn more about them in this article.

Pershore Plum Trees – How To Care For A Pershore Plum In The Landscape

By Mary Ellen Ellis

A plum tree is a great addition to a backyard orchard, providing shade and tasty fruit. Of the many cultivars to consider, Pershore plum trees stand out for the unique yellow color of their fruits. You can learn more about this plum tree in the following article.

Growing Avalon Plums: Tips On Caring For Avalon Plum Trees

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Avalons are known for their sweetness, lending them the name of dessert plum. Learn about Avalon plum maintenance so you can enjoy these delicious fruits in your garden. The following article will help get you started. Click here for more info.

Plum Prunus Stem Pitting Disease – Managing Stem Pitting On Plum Trees

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Plum Prunus stem pitting is not as common as it is in peach, but does occur and can have a negative impact on the crop. There are no resistant varieties of Prunus at this writing, but there are a few options to control and avoid the disease in your plum trees. Learn more here.

Plum Oak Root Fungus – Treating A Plum Tree With Armillaria Rot

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Saving a plum tree with armillaria is unlikely. Although scientists are hard at work, no effective treatments are available at this time. The best recourse is to take steps to prevent oak root rot on plum. For more information and helpful tips, click this article.

Cherry Leaf Spot In Plums – Treating A Plum With Cherry Leaf Spot

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Small purple spots on your plum’s leaves could mean your tree has cherry leaf spot. The good news is that it is usually a minor infection. The damage to fruit and harvest yield is typically not serious, but you may want to take some preventative measures found here.

Control Of Plum Rust: How To Treat Rust On Plum Trees

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Plum rust fungus is a problem for plum growers, often showing up every year from spring through autumn. Rust on plum trees generally isn’t deadly, but it can weaken the tree and affect fruit quality. For information on control of plum rust, click this article.

Blue Tit Plum Info – How To Grow A Blue Tit Plum Tree

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Variations among plum trees may make the process of choosing one an extremely difficult task. Luckily, growers are often able to find fruit trees that are well-suited and thrive in their garden’s unique microclimate. One such tree is the ‘Blue Tit’ plum. Learn more here.

Plums With Black Knot: How To Treat Plum Black Knot Disease

By Teo Spengler

Black knot on plum trees is quite common and can affect both wild and cultivated trees. If you have plums or cherries in your home orchard, you need to know how to identify and treat this disease. Learn more about plum black knot control in this article.

Haganta Plum Care – Growing Haganta Plums In The Landscape

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Urban dwellers are looking for ways to add homegrown fruits and vegetables to their landscape. The vibrant colors of fruit trees are an excellent way to accomplish this task, and those such ‘Haganta’ plums, offer both beauty and taste. Lean more here.

Yellow Egg Plum Trees: How To Grow Yellow Egg European Plums

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Coming in colors ranging from dark purple to pale yellow, plums are no exception to this rule. One such plum tree, called ‘Yellow Egg,’ is praised for its use in preserves, baked goods, as well as fresh eating. Click this article for additional information.

Mirabelle Plum Care: How To Plant Mirabelle Plum Trees

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

One of the most exciting parts of starting and maintaining a home garden is the ability to grow interesting and unique plants. One such rare fruit tree, the Mirabelle plum, has started to find its way into gardens across the country. Learn more in this article.

Oullins Gage Plums: Tips For Growing Oullins Gages

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Seven or eight gage plums are known, with the French Oullins gage tree being the oldest. 'Oullins Gage' produces scrumptious fruit, golden and large for the type. You may wonder what is an Oullins gage? Click this article for more Oullins gage information.

Newport Plum Care: Tips For Growing Newport Plum Trees

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Newport plum is native to Asia but many cooler to temperate regions of North America are suitable for growing Newport plum. What is a Newport plum? Click this article for a description and cultural tips on this pretty tree and see if it?s right for you.

Purple Leaf Plum Care – How To Grow A Purple Leaf Plum Tree

By Teo Spengler

Purple leaf plum trees are delightful additions to your home orchard. This little tree offers blossoms and fruit in cool to moderate climates. What is a purple leaf plum tree? If you want more information on these trees and tips on how to grow a purple leaf plum, click here.

Plums With Brown Rot: Learn About Treatment For Brown Rot In Plums

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Fruit trees are susceptible to many pests and diseases. Citrus trees can be infected by Asian citrus psyllids, apple trees can be attacked by twig-cutter weevils, and stone fruit can be infected by brown rot. In this article, we?ll take a closer look at brown rot plum tree disease.

Plum Tree Fertilizer: How And When To Feed Plum Trees

By Amy Grant

Plum trees are divided into three categories: European, Japanese and indigenous American species. All three benefit from plum tree fertilizer, but it?s important to know when and how to fertilize a plum tree. Click here to learn more.

Pests On Plum Trees – How To Deal With Common Plum Tree Pests

By Amy Grant

Of the fruiting trees, plum trees have the least number of pests. Even so, plum trees do have some insect problems that can wreak havoc with fruit production or even kill the tree. The following article will help with common plum pests.

Plum Tree Fruit Spray: When To Spray Plum Trees For Insects

By Amy Grant

Plum trees are susceptible to several diseases and pests, so spraying plum trees on a regular schedule is paramount to their health. The big question is, when and what to spray on plum trees. Click this article to find out.

Growing Damson Plum Trees: How To Care For Damson Plums

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Fresh Damson plums are bitter and unpleasant, so Damson plum trees aren't recommended if you want to eat sweet, juicy fruit straight off the tree. However, when it comes to jams, jellies and sauces, they are pure perfection. Click here for more info.

Plum Tree Problems – Why A Plum Tree Is Bleeding Sap

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Plum trees are normally relatively sappy trees, so a little sap leaking from plum trees may not be reason for alarm. However, if you notice your plum tree is bleeding sap, your tree may have a problem. Learn more in this article.

Plum Fruit Thinning – When And How To Thin Plum Trees

By Amy Grant

Why is plum fruit thinning a necessary part of maintaining the trees overall health and just how does one correctly thin plum trees? Use the information found in this article to help answer these questions. Click here to learn more.

Satsuma Plum Care: Learn About Japanese Plum Growing

By Amy Grant

The most common plum variety grown is European plum, which is primarily turned into preserves and other cooked products. If you want a juicy plum to eat right off the tree, the choice is most likely a Satsuma Japanese plum tree. Click here for more info.

Picking Plum Fruit: Tips For Harvesting Plums

By Amy Grant

If you are lucky enough to have a plum tree in the home garden, I?m sure you don?t want to let these fruits go to waste. You may have questions regarding harvesting plums - how to pick plums and when do you harvest plums. This article will help with that.

Plum Pocket Info: Treating Pocket Disease On Plum Trees

By Jackie Carroll

Plum pocket disease affects all types of plums grown in the U.S., resulting in unsightly malformations and crop loss. Information on treating pocket disease on plum trees is crucial, and can be found in this article.

No Fruit On Plum Tree – Learn About Plum Trees Not Fruiting

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

When a plum tree fails to bear fruit, it is a big disappointment. It is important to identify why your plum tree?s not fruiting in order to prevent this from recurring again next season. Read here to learn more.

Plum Tree Diseases: Indentifying Common Plum Diseases

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Problems with plum trees are many, and plum tree diseases may slow or stop production of the fruit crop. Find out the most common of these diseases in this article so you can treat them effectively if necessary.


Flowering plum, Prunus trees

Some species of plum tree are simply grown for their magnificent blooming. From white to pink and even red, flowering plum will enchant your garden at the beginning of spring.

Key Flowering Plum facts

NamePrunus triloba
FamilyRosaceae
Type – shrub

Height – 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Flowering – March to April

Foliage – deciduous


Plum Tree Transplanting: 5 Tips

Sometimes you wish to take a plum tree with you when you move, or some other reason may necessitate its transplantation. Follow these suggestions for transplanting plum trees so they will succeed in their new environment.

Choose the Right Time of Year to Transplant

The best time of the year to transplant a plum tree or any fruit tree is in the early winter months when they are fully dormant. This minimizes the shock to the roots. The next best time is the late autumn, just as the foliage has fallen.

Pick a Suitable Site for Transplanting

Be sure to select a spot where the tree can be on its own without other garden plants, trees or shrubbery within 3 yards of its trunk. Plum trees send out a wide root mass to get moisture to support flowers and fruit, so help it by providing a good site for plum tree care, with little competition for water and food.

Prepare the Site to Receive the Transplanted Tree

Careful preparation of the location where you will transplant the plum tree will give it a greater chance of surviving and producing fruit again quickly. Dig a planting hole that is at least 3 times the size of the plum tree's root mass plus clinging garden soil. Make sure it is the same depth as the original planting site. Add mulch to the soil and water it slightly before depositing the plum tree in the new planting hole.

Dig Out and Prepare the Plum Tree for Transplant

When you dig out the plum tree, capture as much of its root mass as possible. Bring along plenty of the current soil to the new planting location. Transplant the tree by putting the plum tree's root ball into the new garden site, and watering it well. Put sufficient soil around the root mass to cover them. Compress the dirt carefully around the tree roots. Put an organic mulch around the plum tree's base to help hold in water and soak it once a day for two weeks, to promote speedy development of the fine root hairs that draw in water to the main root mass.

Promote Growth of the Tree's Foliage Crown

You can reduce the shock of transplanting your plum tree by leaving the foliage crown intact, so it can continue photosynthesis to produce food for the tree as a whole. It may take as many as five years for the root growth and the carbohydrate production of the tree to return to a state of balance. During this time, use a mulch of pine needles and bark to retain water in the soil, and to minimize grass growth near the tree. The grass will compete with the tree roots for moisture and organic growth enhancement.

To have the greatest success with a transplanted plum tree, do so while the tree is young. Its youth and strength will give it a much higher chance to survive the processes of uprooting, transportation, and acclimatizing to new soil, water, and sun conditions.


PICTURES OF COMMON VARIETIES

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Prunus cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’

Common: Cherry plum, myrobalan plum, purple-leaf plum, wild cherry plum
Zones: 5-8
Height/Spread: 15-25 feet/15-25 feet
Bloom: April, light pink
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade (best color in full sun)
Soil: Average, well-drained loams
Water: Medium, moderately drought resistant
Other:

  • Edible fruit follows blooms, to 1 inch in diameter
  • Attracts birds
  • Showy, fragrant flowers
  • Colorful leaves, deep red and purple
  • May spread from self-seeding
  • Most widely sold purple-leaf plum tree in the United States

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Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’

Common: Cherry plum
Zones: 4-8
Height/Spread: 15-20 feet/15-20 feet
Bloom: April, white to pale pink
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Average, well-drained loams
Water: Medium
Other:

  • Edible fruit follows blooms, to 1 inch in diameter
  • Attracts birds
  • Showy, fragrant flowers
  • Colorful leaves, bronze-purple in spring, dark purple in summer, reddish in fall
  • May spread from self-seeding

Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’

Common: Black cherry plum
Zones: 4-9
Height/Spread: 15-20 feet/15-20 feet
Bloom: April
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Clay, loam, or sandy moderately fertile well drained
Water: Medium
Problems: Susceptible to aphids, caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, bullfinches, silver leaf, bacterial canker, and blossom wilt
Other:

  • Occasionally produces red or yellow plums
  • Showy, fragrant flowers
  • Colorful leaves, bronze in spring, dark purple to almost black in spring, orange and red in fall
  • Low maintenance
  • May spread from self-seeding

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Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’

Common: Cherry plum
Zones: 5-8
Height/Spread: 15-20 feet/15-20 feet
Bloom: April, pink
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade (best color and flowering in full sun)
Soil: Average, well-drained loams
Water: Medium
Other:

  • Edible fruit follows blooms, to 1 inch in diameter
  • Attracts birds
  • Profuse bloom of showy, fragrant flowers
  • Colorful leaves, deep red in spring, mature to dark reddish-purple
  • May spread from self-seeding
  • Very similar to ‘Thundercloud’, but darker leaves in spring

Photo by: APugach / Shutterstock.

Prunus cerasifera ‘Atropurpurea’

Common: Pissard plum, cherry plum
Zones: 5-8
Height/Spread: 15-25 feet/15-25 feet
Bloom: Spring, white to pink
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Tolerates clay, loam, sand well-drained
Water: Medium
Other:

  • Edible fruit follows blooms, 1 to 3 inches in diameter
  • Attracts birds
  • Showy, fragrant flowers
  • Colorful leaves, purple to red

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Prunus cerasifera ‘Purple Pony’

Common: 'Purple Pony' cherry plum
Zones: 5-9
Height/Spread: 10-12 feet/10-12 feet
Bloom: Spring, pale pink
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Average, well-drained
Water: Medium
Other:

  • Dwarf cultivar, compact size
  • Considered fruitless
  • Colorful leaves, dark purple
  • Low maintenance


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