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French Prune Tree

French Prune Tree
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Product Details

Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors

(hardy down to -20℉) 
      4-9 outdoors
   Map 4-9 outdoors
Mature Height:
10-12 ft.
Mature Width:
8 ft.
Full Sun
Growth Rate:
Harvest Time:
Botanical Name:
Prunus domestica
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Product Description

Sweet, Robust Plums in the First Year

Why French Prune Trees?

The classic fruit tree is new and improved with the vivacious French Prune Plum Tree, crafted to produce in its very first year of growth. Meticulously curated at our nursery so that it thrives at your home, the French Prune Plum Tree strikes the ideal balance between an eye-catching ornamental and amazing producer in your garden.

Known as California’s most popular plum variety, specifically for its prunes and very sweet, sumptuous fruit, 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.

Why is Better

For starters, our French Prune Plum merges fast growth with self-fertile development. You don’t need a green thumb to maintain it, and though it doesn’t need another tree to fruit, more trees do mean a bigger harvest. And your healthful, rich plums burst forth in the first year of growth – a taste of nature’s candy comes in August, a reprieve after the hot summer. Even better, our French Prune comes in a smaller, more manageable size for home landscapes.

And since we’ve cared for your French Prune at our nursery, long before it arrives to your door, it will be right at home in your side yard, backyard or garden. No matter where it’s placed, it thrives because we’ve done all the work ahead of time. Order your own French Prune today!

Pollination Info

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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Elisabeth Willmott

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

The French Prune is self-fertile, so you only need one tree to get fruit (though more trees will produce even bigger and better fruit). But 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.

1. Planting: 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. We also recommend planting in well-drained soil.

If possible, plant your new French Prune Tree in a South or West location to cut down on wind exposure. When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Then, back fill the soil, tamp down, and water to settle the soil. 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.

2. Watering: 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. If you're not sure when to water, simply check the surrounding soil about 2 or 3 inches down. If the soil is dry in this area, it's time to water.

3. Pruning: 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. Use a sterilized cutting tool (rubbing alcohol is ideal) and leave the upright, vigorous branches plenty of space for light exposure.

4. Fertilizing: Young French Prunes (less than 3 years old) will benefit from balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer formula, which should be applied once in around mid-April and again in early June. More established 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. 

*Tip: Birds may be attracted to developing plums. Consider utilizing a “bird net” to preserve your plum fruit on the French Prune.

Shipping Details

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

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.

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