Methley plum

Methley is one of the few Japanese plums that are self-fruitful and suited to both low chill and high chill climates. Sweet and Juicy the eating quality is good right off the tree. Setting at an early age and with abundant crops from zone 4 to zone 9. Known for the long hang time, the Methley can be picked over a 4 to 5 week period in most climates.
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USDA ZONES: 4-9 Outdoors
 
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Methley plum is self-fertile, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Description

Prunus salicina 'Methley'

Methley Plums is thought to be a complex hybrid out of south Africa. The medium size fruit with deep red flesh has been theorized to be a cross with P. cerasifera (wild Myrobalan plum) and P salicina (Japanese Satsuma plum) but there is no true account of this cross. It is often just referred to as a self-fruitful widely adaptable Japanese Plum, P salicina. As a matter of fact, Methley is one of the few Japanese plums that are self-fruitful and suited to both low chill and high chill climates. Sweet and Juicy the eating quality is good right off the tree. Setting at an early age and with abundant crops from zone 4 to zone 9. Known for the long hang time, the Methley can be picked over a 4 to 5 week period in most climates. Very beautiful tree with an upright habit and attractive early spring bloom. Chill requirement as low as 150 hours make this tree very unique as it will also tolerate temperatures down to -20.
Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Dark red
Ripens:
May - July
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 6.5
Tree Size:
Trees can reach 20 feet tall without pruning. Control the size of the tree to below 10 feet using summer pruning. Can be planted 8 feet on center
Years to Bear:
2
Pollination:
Requires Pollenizer
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
cold winter
Primary USDA Zone Range:
4 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
150 - 600
Size & Spacing

Trees can reach 20 feet tall without pruning. Control the size of the tree to below 10 feet using summer pruning. Can be planted 8 feet on center

Planting & Care
Plums prefer well-drained soil. If poor drainage is suspected, consider mounding 18 to 12 inches high by 4 feet wide of 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. Plums grow best in full sun in a location where cold air or frost will not settle. Choose a protected location that is sheltered from wind. Most are early blooming and can be affected by adverse early season weather. Water regularly, to get established, during the first year. Plumcot trees are extremely fast growing and will grow to 20' tall if you let them.
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