- Most popular commercial variety
- Produces purplish-red fruit with excellent flavor
- Excellent for eating fresh, canning, or preserves
- Ripens mid-July to early August
- Delicate white blossoms bloom profusely in early spring
- Grows to 10' to 35' with 10' to 20' spread
- Zones 5 to 9
- Can't ship to: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, HI, ID, LA, OR, SC, WA, CO
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Zones 5 - 9
The Burbank Plum can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Burbank Plum falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees
10' - 35' High
The Burbank Plum grows to be 10' - 35' feet in height.
10' - 20' Spread
The Burbank Plum has a spread of about 10' - 20' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This plum does well in full sun.
This tree grows in a wide variety of soil types and has some tolerance for heavy and waterlogged soils. It prefers a well drained, loamy, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil.
This plum has irregular shape.
A hardy plum tree that bears early and sets heavy crops for the home orchard or commercial production. It adapts to a wide variety of growing conditions. Profuse delicate white flowers bloom early in the spring. The large bright reddish purple fruit has sweet, juicy, amber colored flesh with an excellent flavor. The Burbank plum is particularly good for eating fresh, canning, or making into jam and jelly. Our standard Burbank Plum seedlings are budded to Nemaguard and Guardian peach rootstock, while our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry).
In order to ensure pollination, these trees need a compatible cultivar growing within 100 feet for standard size, 50 feet for semi-dwarf, and 20 feet for dwarf trees.
Plum trees provide food and cover for butterfly larva, birds, and mammals
Burbank plum was developed from a seed sent to the legendary plant breeder, Luther Burbank, in 1883. Its parentage can be traced to China, but for the past 400 years or more the tree has been cultivated by the Japanese giving the genus its common name, Japanese plums. There are over 200 varieties of plums grown commercially, but nearly all of California's have been derived form the Japanese plum and Burbank's experiment with cross breeding.
The standard grows to 35', and dwarf grows to 8' - 10' in height.
Standard to 20' dwarf to 10'
This tree requires moisture, but does well where rainfall and low humidity are minimal during the growing season.
Simple, alternate,ovate or elliptic with acute or obtuse tips, finely toothed at the margins, often folded upward along the midrib. Bright green on top, light colored beneath and sometimes with fine hairs.
Red and golden yellow skin. Firm, sweet, aromatic, juicy and uniquely flavored. Ripens early August in Michigan, and around mid-July in the West and South.
Most popular commercial variety. This hardy plum tree bears early and sets heavy crops of fruits for the home orchard or commercial production. It adapts to a wide variety of growing conditions. Ripens early August in Michigan, and around mid-July in the West and South. Profuse delicate white flowers bloom early in the spring. The large, bright reddish-purple fruit has sweet, juicy, amber-colored flesh with an excellent flavor. The Burbank plum is particularly good for eating fresh, canning, or making into jam and jelly. (Pollinate with a different Japanese plum variety). (Zones 5–9)
Chill hours (CU) requirement: 400. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32 and 45 degrees F in a typical winter season). For best fruit production, calculate the chill unit (CU) for your growing zone to be sure it aligns with the CU requirement of this tree.
Dwarf trees should be staked to ensure tree's ability to bear weight of fruit and protect against leaning.
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.