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Superior Plum Tree

Prunus hybrid 'Superior'

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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.


Full Sun


8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

0-1 years

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus hybrid 'Superior'

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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 -30F

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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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
9 months ago
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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
over 2 years ago
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The tree seems to be holding up but no fruit this year.
August 13, 2017
8 months ago
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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
8 months ago
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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
8 months ago
It arrived in very good condition
May 16, 2017
9 months ago

Planting & Care

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

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Superior Plum Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Superior Plum Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Superior Plum Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
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.
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: Most fruit trees need like trees near-by for cross pollination for fruit production. I have only one superior plum, it did have one plum the first year. Now in its second year it has none. Get two.
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 !
Is it suitable for espalier?
kirsten B on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have no idea. Havnty tried that.
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.
How big are the plums? I cannot tell from the pictures.
Robbie h on Apr 1, 2017
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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