Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Botanical Name:
- Prunus domestica
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA
Plush Plums in the First Year
Just plum good. The classic fruit tree is new and improved with this vivacious variety that fruits for you in its first year. Meticulously curated to thrive, the French Prune Plum Tree strikes the ideal balance between eye-catching and economical. It’s a stunner that saves you money. Is there anything better?
The French Prune is known for its:
-Prunes – California’s most popular variety.
-Very sweet and sumptuous fruit.
-Smaller, more manageable size for home landscapes.
The French Prune has it all. Pluck your delectable plums right off its branches for an afternoon snack or save them to dry for a handful of prunes later on.
Best of all, the French Prune merges fast growth with self-fertile development. You don’t need a green thumb to ensure this productive fruit tree thrives. And your plump plums burst forth in the first year in your garden – a taste of nature’s candy comes in August, a reprieve after the hot summer. Even better, the picturesque, painterly hues that burst forth from your tree. Rich dark reds and purples belie the gold flesh within each plum.
So not only is the French Prune Tree bountiful but it’s also breathtaking. Good looks and great taste for a grand design. It’s right at home in your side yard, backyard or garden – a luxe pick, no matter where it’s placed. Order your fresh and fanciful French Prune today!
French Prune Tree Pollination
French Prune Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional French Prune Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Healthy Prune Plum seems to have settled in for the winter
I ordered this French Prune Plum to replace a competitor's product that died all the way down to the graft after the first winter. I really love French prunes. The tree arrived quickly and in the exact condition I was told to expect in emailed materials ahead of time. It showed signs of a smooth transition into dormancy. I appreciate that Fast Growing Trees took the time to explain all of this in their materials. Fall is a great time to plant but it's not a very dramatic time in terms of outward signs so it's helpful to have a vendor take the time to remind you what your tree is doing. It was a little smaller than my previous prune. I am hoping that this means it will be better adapted to its first winter on my site and shoot up in the spring. It hung onto its healthy leaves until the first few cold nights then shed them after that but the roots and trunk appear to be settling into the planting hole well after being mulched appropriately.
Planting & Care
A must-have for your garden, the French Prune wows. It's self-fertile, so you only need one tree to get fruit (though more trees will produce even bigger and better fruit). Because it’s been budded, grafted and established at our nursery, you’ll have fruit the first year you own the tree. Plus, it’s low-maintenance and hassle-free – though the French Prune does require proper care to thrive.
Your French Prune Plum Tree needs a full sun location, so ensure you’re picking a bright, well-lit spot for your tree’s new home. Well-drained, sandy soil is highly recommended, with a pH range from 5.5 to 6.5 preferable. However, since your French Prune is adaptable, poor soil issues can be mitigated via great care and fertilizing.
If possible, plant your new French Prune Tree in a South or West location to cut down on wind exposure and in turn assist the tree in setting fruit. When you’re ready to plate, follow the below steps:
1) Dig a hole that’s three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb the root ball, freeing up any compacted roots, and place the tree in the completed hole.
3) Backfill the hole partially, tamping down gently as you go along, and water it 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 your French Prune Tree because it can promote rot and fungus.
Water your tree generously, ensuring that it is watered weekly, or twice a week for the first growing season. Deep watering encourages the roots to extend deeply into the soil, making the tree more drought resistant.
For young French Prune Trees, a deep watering with approximately 2 gallons of water works well. Mature French Prunes will require around 8 gallons for each watering. If the edges of the tree’s leaves turn brown or wilt, this is a sign of underwatering. The bark at the base of the trunk will change from a light brown to dark brown, almost black color if it’s receiving too much water.
Avoid pruning for a year so that your French Prune acclimates to its environment. Young plum trees are typically pruned in the late winter to early spring, before their buds begin to break, which prevents disease.
More established plum trees benefit from midsummer pruning. Remove about 20% of the previous year’s growth with cuts at a 45-degree angle. Use a sterilized cutting tool (rubbing alcohol is ideal) and leave the upright, vigorous branches plenty of space for light to penetrate.
Young trees that are three years or younger will benefit from around a half cup of balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer formula, which should be applied once in around mid-April and again in early June. More established plum trees require one annual application of the same balanced formula in mid-April. Use 8 ounces for every year of your French Prune Tree’s age.
Symptoms of too much fertilizer include leaf scorching and excessive growth. If you’re noticing these issues, reduce the amount of fertilizer for the following year. Ensure you water deeply after each fertilizer application and avoid placing the fertilizer too close to the trunk.
Pests and Diseases
Because your tree is adaptable and durable (and boasts high resistance to root knot nematode), preventive spraying and proper care should mitigate any issue with pests or diseases. Good maintenance is essential for staving off these problems – adequate watering, fertilizing and pruning are vital.
For best taste, leave your plums on the tree to fully ripen before picking. Apply gentle pressure with your fingers to determine ripeness: soft skin means it’s ready to be picked.
Since their shelf life is short, your plums are best to store via refrigeration. If the plums are kept in the fridge, they may last a bit longer – closer to around 2-4 weeks.
*Tip: Birds are attracted to developing plums. Consider utilizing a “bird net” to preserve your plum fruit on the French Prune.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of March 31st|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|