Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-15 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Botanical Name:
- Prunus salicina
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA
Attractive - Easy to Grow - Bushels of Plums
You'll love picking these delicious, sun ripened Methley plums from your very own tree... just outside your door!
This vigorous plum tree, considered more productive and attractive than just about any other plum tree, produces an abundant harvest of fruit each year.
So much, in fact, that one harvest requires multiple pickings! It's an upright, spreading tree with pretty springtime blossoms and glossy green leaves that make it quite ornamental.
The juicy, deep red fruit of the Methley is harvested in late June to early July, and is delicious... eaten freshly picked or make into preserves.
The Methley is self-fertile and does not require another plum tree to produce fruit, and it is a dwarf variety that grows to only 10-20 feet tall.
This makes it the ideal plum tree for limited spaces. It is also a low maintenance tree that requires little to no pruning. Disease resistant and tolerant of dry, hot conditions. Prefers full sun, but is adaptable to nearly any type of soil. An ideal fruit tree for growing zones 5-9.
Methley Plum Tree Pollination
Methley Plum Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Methley Plum Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
We shall see
I'm not really sure how it's going to fare. Came with most of the leaves falling off. Very big and nice size though.
Received the tree on time. The tree had a lot of leafs in the box. It has now been 3 weeks and tree looks a little better.
Methley Plum in FL
The Plum Tree has been in ground about 5 weeks already have new growth Very Very Healthy looking Tree I would Highly Recommend this tree and this company thank you Tony
So far so good
The two plum trees came in good condition and quickly. The trees are planted and watered. I will post an update in the future.
Planted in June already have 2 feet of growth great trees.
Planting & Care
The Methley Plum (Prunus salicina) is an excellent, self fertile plum tree with a nice show of spring flowers. These trees have excellent cold tolerance growing in USDA zones 5-9 but they do require chill hours. In warmer climates ensure that you have a minimum of 250 hours between 32 and 45 degrees. They need full sun and an open environment. Methley plums will reach an overall height of 15-20 feet tall and mature width of 10-15 feet, growing at a rate of 12-18 inches per year. The Methley plum is also a great pollinator for many other types of plum trees.
Choosing a location: All plum trees need a full sun exposure location so be sure to pick a bright spot for the trees 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 place 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 promote rot and fungus.
Watering: Water your tree generously weekly, 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 (rubbing alcohol works perfectly) leaving the upright, vigorous branches plenty of space for light to penetrate.
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 half cup of balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer formula applied once in 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 kept in the fridge as they unfortunately do not store for very long. If kept in the fridge, they may last a bit longer, closer to around 2-4 weeks.
*Tip: Birds can be attracted to the developing plums. Consider utilizing a “bird net” to preserve your plum fruit.
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