Plums are another fruit that you just have to pick ripe from your tree to know their true flavor. We offer a long season of varieties that will keep you in fresh plums for most of the summer.
We offer both European (prune type) plums and Japanese plums. Prune plums are blue to purple in color, oblong in shape, and have fine grained, sweet, green-yellow flesh. They are used for canning, drying, jam and jelly, wine making, and fresh eating. Japanese plums are the type you buy in the grocery store. They are very sweet and juicy and are used for fresh eating, jam and jelly, canning, and wine making.
Plums grow to a height of 10-14 feet, and most varieties need to be pruned each spring to keep the trees to an easy to manage size. They can be grown on any well drained soil, and will begin producing fruit in 2 – 3 years.
New York-9 and Methley are self fertile and will set fruit with only one tree. Please pay close attention to the pollination requirements listed for each of the other varieties.
PLUMS SHOULD BE PLANTED 12′ – 15′ APART
ALL PLUM TREES ARE PRICED AT $24.50 ea.
EUROPEAN PLUM VARIETIES
Bluebyrd – Is an excellent prune type plum that ripens about two weeks before New York-9. Fruit is large, of high quality, and great for fresh eating, canning, drying, or any other purpose. Tree shows great resistance to black knot disease. Bluebyrd requires pollination from another European plum variety. Planting along with NY-9 will extend you plum season.
Ripens in mid September
Green Gage – is an heirloom variety that has been grown for centuries in the United States. The 1″ diameter fruits have green-yellow skin and very sweet yellow flesh. Green Gage plums were grown on just about every old farm, and the fruit was used for fresh eating, canned, and made into preserves and wine. Still a favorite after all these years! Trees are self fertile.
Ripens later in August
New York-9 (Stanley)– the best known prune plum with blue-purple skin and fine grained green-yellow flesh. Medium size fruit can be used for drying, canning, homebrew, or fresh eating. This variety is much less susceptible to black knot disease (black cankers on branches) than Stanley is. A very reliable producer in Michigan. New York-9 is self fertile, and will set fruit with only one tree.
Ripens in early September
JAPANESE PLUM VARIETIES
Fortune – is a very large, excellent flavored dark red plum with sweet, juicy, yellow-orange flesh. This is the largest variety we offer and is a top seller at farm markets and roadside stands. Fortune requires pollination from another Japanese plum variety, and ripens late in the season. A great plum !!!
Ripens early September
Methley – is a medium size red-purple early plum with highly flavored orange flesh. It can be used for all purposes, and ripens in mid July. Trees are very productive, strong growing, and also self fertile so you only need one for fruit. A popular commercial variety in Michigan, and a good pollinator for other Japanese plums.
Ripens mid July
Ruby Queen – a medium – large dark red plum with excellent quality, very sweet, juicy, and freestone red flesh. This variety does great in midwest growing regions, and is much more productive and disease resistant than western developed varieties like Santa Rosa. It requires pollination by another Japanese plum variety. Ripens late August – early September
Shiro – this is an early ripening Japanese plum of medium size with yellow skin and very sweet, juicy yellow flesh. Shiro is easy to grow because the tree naturally grows low and wide. Tree has to be pollinated by another Japanese plum. Widely grown in Michigan. A beautiful plum that is very productive.
Ripens in late July