Enter your ZIP code to identify your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varities that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone
corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. For best results, make
that your hariness zone lies within the zone compatibility of the variety that you are
Superior Plum requires a pollenizer. You must plant one of
trees nearby (within about 50') for the tree to produce a crop of fruit.
The Superior plum is a Japanese American hybrid that is adapted to the colder climates. A truly great tasting plum the Superior will grow in any climate that plums do well in. One of the little-known gems that once you try it, you wonder how this variety isn't one of the top selling plums. Self-fruitful only adds to its value to the home garden with limited space. Set at an early age and ripens in late season. What is not to like!!
Prune to control the overall height of the tree. It is recommended to keep all fruit tree below 10 feet tall for ease of maintenance and harvest. Summer pruning is the best way to control height and spread.
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