- Heavy bearer of juicy reddish-purple fruit
- Mild, distinctive flavor especially good for fresh eating and canning
- Ripens from late May to mid-July
- Sweetly fragrant white flowers bloom in early spring
- Grows to 10' to 20' 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 Methley Plum can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Methley Plum falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees
10' - 20' High
The Methley Plum grows to be 10' - 20' feet in height.
10' - 20' Spread
The Methley 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 handsome, vigorous plum tree that does well in most soils. Sweetly fragrant, delicate white flowers bloom in profusion in early spring. The juicy reddish purple fruit has a sweet distinctive flavor good for eating fresh or in preserves. While Methley doesn't require another tree to produce fruit, planting two trees is recommended for a better crop (it will still require insects to pollinate its own flowers). Our standard Methley Plum seedlings are budded to Nemaguard and Guardian peach rootstock, while our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry).
Chill hours (CU) requirement: 150-250. (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.
Plum trees provide food and cover for butterfly larva, birds and mammals.
Falsely called Japanese plums, this species originated in China where it was cultivated for thousands of years. It was brought to Japan 200-400 years ago and now has spread around the world. Japanese plum are the most common fresh eating plums in the United States. They are larger, rounder (or heart shaped), and firmer than European plums and are primarily grown for the fresh market
The standard grows to 20', 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, ovate or elliptic with acute or obtuse tips, finely toothed at margins, broad, bright green.
Medium to large, round to conical drupe, purple red skin, juicy red flesh with a sweet, mild flavor, clingstone. Ripens from late May to early July, depending on location.
A cultivar of Japanese plum, Methley is a small, upright, handsome spreading tree. A Methley Plum produces heavy, annual crops of juicy, sweet, red purple fruit that ripens from late May to early July, depending on location. The fruit is juicy, sweet and mild with a distinctive flavor: good for fresh eating or jelly. One crop requires several pickings. These plums can be picked before they are completely ripe, since they will finish ripening off the tree. Methley is self-fertile and serves as a good pollinator for early bearing Japanese varieties. While Methley doesn't require another tree to produce fruit, planting two trees is recommended for a better crop (it will still require insects to pollinate its own flowers). (Zones 5–9)
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.