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Superior Plum Tree

Prunus hybrid 'Superior'

$99.95

+$7.00 Oversized Fee

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  • Shipped to you in our Drop 'N Grow™

    The benefits of the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag…

    By growing these trees in burlap bags, the roots grow into the cloth, rather than circling around a pot. This forces these trees to put out thousands of fine hair roots. These roots bring moisture and nutrients into the plants. This means you get a tree that will become established quicker and provide you with superior and faster growth.

    These will be the easiest trees you have ever planted! Simply dig your hole, place the Drop 'N Grow™ bag in the center (burlap included) then use excess dirt to fill the hole. That's it!

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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

$14.95
-t- Planting Mix
Superior Plum Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Superior Plum Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.


Soil Contents
$6.95
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

$19.95
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Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)



Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

18-20 ft.

Mature Width:

18-20 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Harvest Time:

August

Fruit Color:

Red

Year to Bear:

0-1 years

Chill Hours (minimum):

700

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus hybrid 'Superior'

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA



Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)
 

The Plum Tree that is truly Superior

Here's why:

  • Sweet and juicy Plums
  • Lush green
  • Highly productive with reliable harvests
  • Hardy species with excellent cold tolerance down to -20F

Don't settle for less when you can have a Superior Plum Tree

Now comes a plum so superior to other varieties that choosing its commercial name was easy. Introducing the Superior Plum Tree. The incredible spring blooms are only outdone in color by the eye-popping, cherry-red plums that weigh down the branches in their large numbers.

A cross between a Japanese and American variety plum, the Superior was bred to produce top quality fruit in a hardy tree that can stand up well to the coldest winter chills. Despite its tolerance to bitter temperatures, the Superior looks right at home in the spring, producing lovely, ornamental blooms throughout the tree. Like the name says, the fruit, color and strength are all Superior.

Superior Defines Juicy

Aside from the trees numerous attributes, it's the fruit that will win you over. Substantially sized, flawlessly symmetrical and finished off with the perfect color, the Superior Plum is a visually outstanding specimen of a fruit. As they ripen, they look as though they're bursting with juice and flavor. And they are. This is an excellent dessert plum. Slice and cover ice creams, mix into refreshing fruit salads or just grab one and enjoy it right off the tree. The taste is quintessential plum from a tree that lives up to its name.

When you want the best, you want Superior. Order yours today.





Superior Plum Tree Pollination


Superior Plum Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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Customer Reviews

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This tree was healthy. One of the others I ordered has done nothing!
It arrived healthy and is growing well.
May 7, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
I can't wait!
I purchased my tree in early March in what seemed like the perfect time and weather, it arrived on time in perfect condition flowering. And, then we had what seemed like a return to winter in the weather...and very glad to report that my tree is doing well and I look forward to next season.
May 8, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7
Superior Plum Tree
my Plum Tree arrived at my home in Perfect condition I will be order again Thank You.
June 14, 2017
Healthy tree with pretty blooms
Arrived last fall. This Spring tree is growing well, had nice blooms.
May 2, 2016
Cookeville, TN
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
7
The tree seems to be holding up but no fruit this year.
August 13, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
I've purchased numerous trees from FGT
Packaged well. Planted right away. No blooms or plums, but didn't really expect them this year.
June 5, 2017
Dublin, GA
Purchased
11 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
It arrived in very good condition
May 16, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Superior Plum Tree


Superior Plum Tree Planting Diretions

The Superior Plum Tree (Prunus salicina 'Superior) produces a dark, red skinned fruit with a super-sweet yellow flesh that is full-bodied and juicy. This full sun loving plum is ideal for eating right off the tree and excellent for jam, jellies and desserts. A consistent, heavy bearer, with an abundance of crops which should be pruned in early summer and will be ready for picking in late August. The Superior plum tree will reach heights/widths of 18-20 feet when it fully matures.

Choosing a location: All plum trees need a full sun exposure so be sure to pick a bright spot for the tree’s new home. Well draining, sandy soil is highly recommended with a pH range from 5.5 to 6.5 (which can be easily determined with an inexpensive soil testing kit from your local nursery/big box store). If possible, plant the tree in a South or West location to cut back on the wind which in turn will assist the tree in setting fruit.

Planting directions: Some varieties of plums will require a cross pollinator to produce fruit. Be sure to keep your trees within 20-25 feet of one another for the best pollination which will result in the best fruit yield.

1) Prepare your hole by digging it three times as wide as the root ball and just as deeply.
2) Gently comb the root ball freeing up any compacted roots and position the tree.
3) Back fill the hole partially, pressing down gently as you go along and water to settle the soil.
4) Once the hole has been completely filled, add a layer of organic mulch around the tree to help conserve water. Do not let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree as this can cause rot and fungus.

Watering: Water your tree generously every week, twice a week for the first growing season to help promote the growth. Deep waterings encourage the roots to extend more deeply into the soil which in turn makes the tree more drought resistant. For young trees, a deep watering with a little over two gallons of water works well whereas adult trees will require around 8 gallons for each watering. If the edges of the tree’s leaves appear to be turning brown or wilting then the tree is not receiving enough water. The bark at the base of the trunk will change from a light brown to dark brown (or black-ish) color if it’s receiving too much water.

Pruning: Give your tree a full year to get situated in its new home before attempting to prune. Young plum trees are typically pruned in the late winter to early spring seasons before buds begin to break. This will cut back on the possibility of “silver leaf disease” attacking the tree. More established plum trees will benefit from a midsummer pruning. Pruning isn’t very difficult but a necessity to “cut back” on broken limbs from heavy fruit production. Take off about 20% of the previous year’s growth with cuts at a 45 degree angle. Use a sterilized cutting tool, leaving the upright, vigorous branches plenty of space for light to penetrate. Rubbing alcohol works to sterilize any tool(s) needed for pruning.

Fertilizing: There are a couple of steps for proper fertilizing of your plum tree to ensure a healthy growing season. Young trees that are three years or younger will benefit from about a ½ cup of a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer formula applied once around mid-April and again in early June. More established plum trees will require one annual application of the same balanced formula mid-April. Use 8 ounces for every year of the tree’s age. Fertilizer can burn the roots of younger trees, so instead of taking the chance with chemicals, improve your soil’s fertility by amending compost into it.

Plum trees that are fertilized properly should grow about 1 foot to 18 inches per year. Symptoms of over fertilizing can include leaf scorching and excessive growth. If you’re noticing these issues then reduce the amount of fertilizer for the following year. Always be sure to water DEEPLY after every fertilizer application and avoid fertilizer getting too close to the trunk.

Harvesting: The best tasting plums are left on the tree to fully ripen before picking. Apply gentle pressure with your fingers to determine ripeness. Soft skin on the fruit means it’s ready to be picked. They should easily come off of the tree when ripened using a slight twist. Plums are best stored in the fridge as they unfortunately do not store for too long. If kept in the fridge they may last a bit longer, closer to around 2-4 weeks.

Planting & Care

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I chose this tree for the plums which are similar (if not the same) to what can be purchased in the grocery stores.
Dusty P on May 27, 2017
wanting a large sweet plum
Dale b on May 1, 2017
I chose this tree for the plums which are similar (if not the same) to what can be purchased in the grocery stores.
Dusty P on May 27, 2017
I like plums and need a cold hardy variety
Lenear B on May 17, 2017
wanting a large sweet plum
Dale b on May 1, 2017
My husband LOVES plums, and thought this would be a great addition to our backyard. We planted it last summer and it has taken off, growing like crazy, its full and very green, 5 ft tall.
Roy C on Apr 25, 2017
Needed it for pollinating purposes
Christie H on Apr 15, 2017
I like the hardness, but also to pricey. I have lost three 6 year old plum trees, by buying the right zone 5 trees for my area, we have had colder weather, so I lost my plum trees, now I have to start over. Thanks
John G on Apr 10, 2017
Cold hardy
David B on Mar 24, 2017
had one for 20 years before it gave up the ghost. absolutely fantastic flavor and productivity. .
kari f on Mar 4, 2017
Where was I supposed to put the promo code? (104U)
Coleen S on Feb 9, 2017
I love Plum and you all have the best i can fine
Clifton B on Apr 13, 2016
Decorative and bares fruit
Jeff S on Apr 10, 2016
like plums
sergey s on Apr 8, 2016
It's a plum, need I say more.
Jimmy J on Apr 2, 2016
had some on old property that I liked
jd b on Feb 3, 2016
I like plums and need a cold hardy variety
Lenear B on May 17, 2017
My husband LOVES plums, and thought this would be a great addition to our backyard. We planted it last summer and it has taken off, growing like crazy, its full and very green, 5 ft tall.
Roy C on Apr 25, 2017
Is the tree self fertile?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Superior Plum Tree is self fertile, but will produce a better yield of fruit if it has a mate either of the same variety of Plum tree or a different variety to cross pollinate with.
I am planting a variety of trees in rows of three and am planting them twice the distance from each other as their widths, e.g. If their width at maturity is 10 feet, then I am planting them 20 feet apart. Is that ok? Also, I am planting the trees in columns where the distance is twice their height at maturity. Is that ok?
Chris on Mar 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. that is perfect for optimum fruit production. Depending on your planting area and number of trees. If used for landscape purpose. you may like the visual of closer spacing . Proper pruning will keep them thin and not over crowded.
I'm limited with space, I got a spot about 7ft away from the
house I would like to plant this. Would the root system affect my foundation? If so u recommend a fruit tree that'll work.
andre on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I see no reason you cannot plant this tree. I have a Plum tree that is 12 years old and the roots do not go out that far and do not come up to the surface. Last year I purchased another and it looks lovely; they are really lovely trees. Good luck.
Is this tree evergreen? If leaves fall off, how do they look like the fall?
Enlu Z on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: this tree is not evergreen. the leaves will fall off in the fall but come back the next spring
how fast does this tree grow?
Enlu Z on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It needs to be in good fertile loam that is not a wet spot and also non acid. It should get at least 70-75% sun.
Two-thee feet tall it should produce in 4-6 years, a four to five footer should produce in 3-4 years. Please all will take longer if in less sun or poor soil. I have one that came as a 4-5 footer and this is the third year, and expect it to fruit this or next year. I am in northern NH, so each zone higher, you can gain a year to each higher zone about.
May you have a happy harvest !
Richard
A lot of websites suggest that superior plum must have another plum tree closeby for crosspollination. Can superior plum tree have some fruits on its own? Many Thanks.
Nitansha B on Aug 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes
I only have one tree. I got some plums this year
How big are the plums? I cannot tell from the pictures.
Robbie h on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They are large size plum.
Do you need 2 trees to bare fruit?
Alan S on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Superior Plum Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Most effective pollinators would be the Methley, Santa Rosa or the Black Ice.
How often and what kind of fertilizer should I use? My plant is one year in the ground and is about 7 ft tall.
Big-D on Dec 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Do not fertilize young fruit trees until they have set a crop. Fertilize with a 10-10-10 in the late winter/early spring 10-10-10.
Can plum tree survive in high temp. from 37- 42 deg. C ?
badari r on Jun 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Superior Plum Tree can handle temperatures up to zone 8. In zone 9 it starts to get a little too hot. The heat that your tree can withstand depends on your location.
Can this tree withstand having wet feet for periods of the year? I live in an area where the water table is 28" down and the soil can remain wet or even flood our yard in the spring for up to around two weeks during our mountain run off, although this hasn't happen'd for a few years now. Will this tree stand that if it occurs again?
Jennifer R on Mar 9, 2017

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