PlumbowlCat.jpgJapanese plums are generally larger and juicier than Europeans plums.  They bloom early and require a pollenizer, so be sure to plant at least two varieties within  50 feet of each other, or plant your new tree next to an existing plum.  Japanese plums can be pollenized by early blooming American (wild, or "seed") plums.  

brooks2trim.jpgEuropean Plums are generally smaller than Japanese plums with a wider range of flavors.  They have a rich, sweet flavor which is delicious fresh, unparalleled for preserves or baking, and dry into the celebrated  prune.  They bloom later than Japanese plums and are more winter hardy.  

Plums at a Glance

Climate Zones:

USDA zones 5 to 10, Sunset zones 2-12, 14-23.

Chilling Requirement:

European: 700-1000 hours                 Japanese:  300-600 hours

Pollination:

European Plums– Party self-fertile, pollenizer will improve production.

Japanese Plums - Pollination with another variety required.  See Pollination Chart.

Rootstocks:

Semi-dwarf Citation

Semi-standard Mariana 

Height:

12-16'

14-20

Width:

8-10'

8-12

Years to Fruit:

2 to 3

2-3

Life expectancy:

20 to 30 yrs

30 yrs +