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Bare Root Plums & Prunes

The majority of our plum offerings are Japanese varieties, which include many different colors, shapes and flavors. The most familiar and popular is Santa Rosa with its tart purple skin and sweet, juicy, amber flesh. The tree is usually very productive and, if the plums are picked when still firm, they are more useful for cooking and baking. When soft ripe, it's best to eat them out of hand.

Plum trees are usually vigorous growers and they have few diseases in our area, considered to be the dry West. If fungal diseases and insects such as scale occur in your area, a spray of either copper or lime sulfur combined with horticultural oil should be applied during the dormant season. When plum leaves start to curl, many people suspect that their trees have been infected with peach leaf curl, the fungal disease of peaches and nectarines. However, curled plum leaves generally indicate the presence of aphids. This problem can be handled with a spray of insecticidal soap, or, if available in your area, a package of live lady bugs.

More About Plums & Prunes...


Because the Japanese plums are so vigorous, strong pruning is recommended. You can prune in the dormant season and again in the summer months. These trees are often pruned into a vase shape. For the first ten years, the long, whip-like branches should be trimmed to 2/3 to of their length. After that, most of the new growth should be removed, only replacing very old limbs with new ones. It's also important to thin the fruit when it's very young to insure larger fruit and also to prevent the limbs from breaking under too heavy a load. European plum trees are usually trained with a central leader since they do not branch as freely as the Japanese trees and will thus need less overall pruning.

Two popular old European varieties (which we invariably sell out of early in the season) are Blue Damson and Bavay's Green Gage. Blue Damson is most widely used for jams and jellies. It is late blooming and hardier than most of the other plums - hardy to Zone 5. The other European varieties we sell are French Prune, Italian Prune, Stanley and Sugar Prune. These plums are also more cold hardy than the Japanese varieties and they have a much higher sugar content which make them excellent for drying.

The Santa Rosa plum has the advantage of being an excellent pollenizer for other plums and pluots. It grows in many diverse climates due to its low chilling requirements. A close relative of the Santa Rosa is the Weeping Santa Rosa. This is a wonderful landscape tree with the added bonus of flavorful fruit that is similar to its relative, but ripens approximately two weeks later. Japanese plums with dark flesh and no tartness in the skin include Satsuma, Burgundy and Mariposa. For something unique, there's Emerald Beaut, a green skinned plum with great flavor that can remain on the tree through early October.

Plums make wonderful desserts, but they have other delightful uses as well. The following is a recipe for a Chinese sauce that is excellent served with chicken, turkey or pork.

Chinese Plum Sauce

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¾ cup vinegar
¾ cup sugar
2 lbs. fresh plums, cut in quarters
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

Making The Sauce:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion till soft.
  • Mix the cornstarch with the vinegar and sugar and add to the onions.
  • Cook till thickened, then add the salt, plums and ginger.
  • Cook until the fruit is tender.
  • This sauce will last a long time in the refrigerator and even longer in the freezer.
  • Since only a small amount is needed, you might wish to halve the recipe.

Plum Rootstocks...


CITATION (Cit.)
Peaches and nectarines dwarfed to 8-14 ft.; apricots and plums dwarfed to 12-18 ft. Very tolerant of wet soil; not drought tolerant (induces early dormancy in dry soil) so needs very regular water in hot climates. A top dressing of mulch can help maintain soil moisture. Resists root knot nematodes. Induces heavy bearing at a young age. Very winter hardy. Strong and well anchored. Pat. No. 5112 (Zaiger).

MARIANNA 26-24 (Mari.)
Standard rootstock for apricots, plums, prunes, most almonds. Mature trees comparatively small, 15-20 ft. if unpruned; can be kept smaller with summer pruning. Shallow root system, much more tolerant of wet soils than Lovell or Nemaguard. Not tolerant of hot soils. Has tendency to sucker. Resistant to oak root fungus, root knot nematodes, root rot.

MYROBALAN 29C (Myro.)
Excellent, all-around rootstock for apricots, plums, almonds. Shallow but vigorous root system tolerates wet soils and is widely adapted; is more deeply rooted than Marianna. Resistant to root knot nematodes and has some resistance to oak root fungus. Unpruned tree height of standard varieties 15-25 ft., but can control size further with summer pruning. Winter hardy in Michigan.

NEMAGUARD (Nema.)
Standard rootstock for nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums, prunes, almonds. Vigorous, resists root knot nematodes. Excellent for well drained soils. In heavy or poorly drained soil, plant on mound or hill. May not be winter hardy below 5°F. Unpruned tree height of standard varieties 15-25 ft., but size can be controlled further with summer pruning.



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4-N-1 Low Chill Plum
4-N-1 Low Chill Plum
$47.95
Four of the following five varieties grafted onto one tree: Beauty, Burgundy, Golden Nectar, Methley, Santa Rosa. Available on Cit.

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Autumn Rosa Plum - Standard
Autumn Rosa Plum - Standard
$23.95
Medium to large heart shaped fruit with purplish red skin with amber cast. Flesh is yellow with red streaks and has excellent flavor. Heavy producer. Good pollenizer for Mariposa plum. Fruit ripens over a long period and holds well on the tree. Ripens early to late Sept. 500 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.

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Beauty Plum - Standard
Beauty Plum - Standard
$23.95
Sweet, flavorful plum, more widely adapted than Santa Rosa and more productive in cool, rainy climates. Fruit has red over yellow skin, amber flesh is streaked red. Good pollenizer. Ripens in June. 250 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.

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Beauty Plum - Semi-dwarf
Beauty Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Sweet, flavorful plum, more widely adapted than Santa Rosa and more productive in cool, rainy climates. Fruit has red over yellow skin, amber flesh is streaked red. Good pollenizer. Ripens in June. 250 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.

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Blue Damson Plum - Standard
Blue Damson Plum - Standard
$23.95
Very old variety, rugged, vigorous and dependable. Small, round, blue-black plums for jams and jellies. Freestone flesh is green and tart. Late blooming, cold hardy to zone 5, heavy bearing. Ripens in late Aug./early Sept. 800 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.

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Burgundy Plum - Standard
Burgundy Plum - Standard
$23.95
Sweet, juicy and pleasing mild flavored plum with maroon skin and flesh, small pit and little or no tartness. High taste test scores. Very productive. Tree has narrow, upright habit. Prolonged harvest, late July to mid August. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Nema.

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Burgundy Plum - Semi-dwarf
Burgundy Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Sweet, juicy and pleasing mild flavored plum with maroon skin and flesh, small pit and little or no tartness. High taste test scores. Very productive. Tree has narrow, upright habit. Prolonged harvest, late July to mid August. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.

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Catalina Plum - Semi-dwarf
Catalina Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Large, black skinned, favorite fresh market plum with very high taste test scores; one of the best plums for fresh eating. Amber flesh is sweet and juicy but still firm when fully ripe, with very little tartness at skin and pit. Ripens late July. Vigorous, productive tree; one of the best choices for home planting. 3-400 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.

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Elephant Heart Plum - Standard
Elephant Heart Plum - Standard
$23.95
Home orchard favorite! Large, heart shaped plum with sweet, juicy, firm red flesh, rich flavor and dark reddish purple, mottled skin. Hardy, heavy bearing. Ripens in Sept. with long harvest season. 500 hours or less. Pollinated by Beauty or Santa Rosa. Available on Myro.

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Elephant Heart Plum - Semi-dwarf
Elephant Heart Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Home orchard favorite! Large, heart shaped plum with sweet, juicy, firm red flesh, rich flavor and dark reddish purple, mottled skin. Hardy, heavy bearing. Ripens in Sept. with long harvest season. 500 hours or less. Pollinated by Beauty or Santa Rosa. Available on Cit.

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Emerald Beaut Plum - Standard
Emerald Beaut Plum - Standard
$23.95
Very high taste test scorer. Has light green skin and greenish yellow to orange freestone flesh with exceptionally sweet, distinctive, pleasing flavor. Still crunchy when ripe. Ripens late Aug. through early Oct. Ripe plum holds on tree up to two months, longer than any other stone fruit. 6-700 hrs. Pollenizer required: Beauty, Late Santa Rosa, Nubiana, Burgundy, Flavor King Pluot. Pat. no. 9162 (Zaiger). Available on Myro.

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Emerald Beaut Plum - Semi-dwarf
Emerald Beaut Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Very high taste test scorer. Has light green skin and greenish yellow to orange freestone flesh with exceptionally sweet, distinctive, pleasing flavor. Still crunchy when ripe. Ripens late Aug. through early Oct. Ripe plum holds on tree up to two months, longer than any other stone fruit. 6-700 hrs. Pollenizer required: Beauty, Late Santa Rosa, Nubiana, Burgundy, Flavor King Pluot. Pat. no. 9162 (Zaiger). Available on Cit.

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Friar Plum - Semi-dwarf
Friar Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Large, round plum with black skin and amber flesh. Harvest is prolonged--fruit is hard-ripe 4-5 weeks after Santa Rosa, but sweetest and most delicious several weeks later, in mid to late August. 400 hrs. Self-fruitful or plant with Santa Rosa. Available on Cit.

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Golden Nectar Plum - Semi-dwarf
Golden Nectar Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Popular, extra large, oblong yellow dessert plum. Skin is golden amber, waxy and thin, with a tender texture. Flesh is amber, firm, sweet, juicy with excellent flavor and very small pit. Ripens evenly. Great eating quality both fresh and dried and good keeping quality. Ripens in Aug. Partly self-fruitful or pollinate with Santa Rosa or Wickson. Pat. No. 4977. 400 hours or less. Available on Cit.

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Green Gage Plum--Bavay's - Standard
Green Gage Plum--Bavay's - Standard
$23.95
Superior selection of gage-type European plums, which are later blooming and more cold hardy than Santa Rosa and other Japanese types. Bavay's is more productive in moderate winter climates than common Green Gage. Small to medium size fruit is richly flavored, very sweet. Excellent fresh and for cooking, canning. Ripens in late summer. Relatively small tree. Originated in Belgium in the 19th century. Estimated chilling requirement is 600 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.

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Laroda Plum - Semi-dwarf
Laroda Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Very high scores for flavor and overall appeal in Dave Wilson Nursery taste tests. Dark purple skinned plum with juicy, richly flavored red and amber flesh. Prolonged harvest late July to mid August, 5 to 6 weeks after Santa Rosa. 400 hours. Pollinate with Santa Rosa, Late Santa Rosa, Nubiana or Burgundy. Available on Cit.

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Inca Plum - Standard
Inca Plum - Standard
$23.95
Medium, heart shaped. Skin is golden with magenta specks and magenta blush around the stem end when ripe. Flesh is rich, dense and crisp. Unique flavor with a perfect balance of tart and sweet. Ripens early to mid August. 300 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.

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Late Santa Rosa Plum - Standard
Late Santa Rosa Plum - Standard
$23.95
Medium to large plum with reddish purple skin. Red streaked amber flesh is tart-sweet, with rich flavor when fully ripe. Harvest in Aug., about one month after Santa Rosa. 400 hours or less. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.

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Late Santa Rosa Plum - Semi-dwarf
Late Santa Rosa Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Medium to large plum with reddish purple skin. Red streaked amber flesh is tart-sweet, with rich flavor when fully ripe. Harvest in Aug., about one month after Santa Rosa. 400 hours or less. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.

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Mariposa Plum - Standard
Mariposa Plum - Standard
$23.95
Large, red fleshed, sweet, juicy, firm, delicious plum with small pit, nearly freestone. Mottled maroon over green skin. Use fresh or cooked. Ripens in August. 250 hrs. Pollinated by Catalina, Nubiana, or Santa Rosa. Available on Myro.

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Mariposa Plum - Semi-dwarf
Mariposa Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Large, red fleshed, sweet, juicy, firm, delicious plum with small pit, nearly freestone. Mottled maroon over green skin. Use fresh or cooked. Ripens in August. 250 hrs. Pollinated by Catalina, Nubiana, or Santa Rosa. Available on Cit.

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Methley Plum - Standard
Methley Plum - Standard
$23.95
Juicy, sweet plum with mild flavor. Flesh is red; skin is reddish purple. Attractive tree, heavy bearing and vigorous. Ripens in June. Recommended for Hawaii. Less than 250 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro

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Nubiana Plum - Standard
Nubiana Plum - Standard
$23.95
Large, sweet, firm fruit with amber flesh and dark purplish black skin. Has flattened shape with very little tartness at skin or pit. Favorite fresh market plum, excellent for home orchard. Ripens in late July/early Aug. 4-500 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.

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Santa Rosa Plum - Standard
Santa Rosa Plum - Standard
$23.95
Most popular plum in Calif. and Arizona. Juicy, tangy, flavorful amber flesh is tinged red. Has tart, reddish purple skin. Ripens late June. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.

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Santa Rosa Plum - Semi-dwarf
Santa Rosa Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Most popular plum in Calif. and Arizona. Juicy, tangy, flavorful amber flesh is tinged red. Has tart, reddish purple skin. Ripens late June. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.

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Satsuma Plum - Standard
Satsuma Plum - Standard
$23.95
Second most popular plum in California. Mottled maroon over green skin with dark red, meaty flesh. Sweet, mild, not tart; favorite for jam. Ripens in late July. 300 hrs. Pollinated by Santa Rosa or Beauty. Available on Mari.

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Satsuma Plum - Semi-dwarf
Satsuma Plum - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Second most popular plum in California. Mottled maroon over green skin with dark red, meaty flesh. Sweet, mild, not tart; favorite for jam. Ripens in late July. 300 hrs. Pollinated by Santa Rosa or Beauty. Available on Cit.

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Starry Night Plum - Standard
Starry Night Plum - Standard
$23.95
Striking speckled skin that is almost black and deep yellow flesh. Delicious, rich flavor. Ripens in late June. 4-600 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Nema.

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Weeping Santa Rosa Semi-Dwarf Plum
Weeping Santa Rosa Semi-Dwarf Plum
$26.95
One of the most flavorful, aromatic Japanese plums when fully ripe. Beautiful 8-10 ft. tree with weeping growth habit. Ripens in July, two weeks after Santa Rosa. 200-400 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.

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French Improved Prune - Standard
French Improved Prune - Standard
$23.95
California's commercial prune. Reddish purple skin, dark amber flesh. Very sweet, high quality fruit - dessert/can/dry. Ripens in Aug. 800 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.

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Imperial Prune - Standard
Imperial Prune - Standard
$23.95
Rich, sweet flavored prune of highest quality. Found in 1870 as a chance seedling near Clairoc, the famous French prune district. Once widely grown in California for large prunes. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.

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Italian Prune - Standard
Italian Prune - Standard
$23.95
Large, purple skinned freestone prune with rich flavor; very sweet when fully ripe. Used fresh, dried, canned. Vigorous, cold hardy tree with late bloom. Late Aug./early Sept. harvest. 800 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.

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Stanley Prune - Semi-dwarf
Stanley Prune - Semi-dwarf
$26.95
Delicious large prune with dark blue skin and juicy, sweet, greenish yellow meaty flesh. Freestone. Extremely cold hardy and reliable, with late bloom. Ripens late August. 800 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.

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Sugar Prune - Standard
Sugar Prune - Standard
$23.95
Reddish purple skin, greenish yellow flesh, very sweet. Used fresh and for canning. Lower chilling requirement than other European prunes/plums. Ripens mid August. 550 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.

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