Italian Plum

The Italian Plum or prune-plum is thought to have originated in Italy. One of the most popular home garden varieties of European plum, the variety has found more success outside of Italy since its introduction. Concentrated flowery fruit flavor and dense texture making it ideal for fresh eating, drying or dehydrating, or cooked into any of a number of popular culinary dishes.
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USDA ZONES: 5-9 Outdoors
 
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Italian Plum is self-fertile, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Description

Prunus domestica 'Italian'

The Italian Plum or prune-plum is thought to have originated in Italy. One of the most popular home garden varieties of European plum, the variety has found more success outside of Italy since its introduction. Concentrated flowery fruit flavor and dense texture making it ideal for fresh eating, drying or dehydrating, or cooked into any of a number of popular culinary dishes. When cooked down the resulting concentrate has a rich jammy consistency. Low in water when cooked down tit has rich sugary fruity flavor. Self fruitful and cold hardy and rich in fiber, Vitamins A, C and K along with antioxidants.
Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Yellow-green inside
Ripens:
August - September
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 7
Tree Size:
Italian Prunes are best kept below 10 feet tall with summer pruning.
Years to Bear:
3
Pollination:
Self Pollinating
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to 20° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
5 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
300 - 800
Size & Spacing

Italian Prunes are best kept below 10 feet tall with summer pruning.

Plant 5 to 8 feet on center. Ideal for high density planting

Planting & Care
Plums prefer well-drained soil. If poor drainage is suspected, consider mounding 18 to 24 inches high by 4 feet wide or build a raised bed of 12 to 18 inches high and 3 feet square. Plant directly in the mound or raised bed. Mulching helps retain moisture and stabilizes the soil temperature. Mulch to 3 to 4 inches deep and 3 to 4 feet outside the canopy. Plum grow best in full sun in a location where cold air or frost will not settle favor a location with exposure to morning sun. Choose a protected location that is sheltered from wind when possible. Most are early blooming and can be affected by adverse early season weather. Water regularly, to get established, during the first year. Plum trees are extremely fast growing and will grow to 20' tall if you let them. All fruit trees can be kept under 10 feet tall. Pruning in the summer to control the height of your tree is recommended to simplify maintenance and harvesting
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