Growing your own plum tree is a great way to enjoy fresh, nutrition-packed plums that will ultimately cost much less than those you would buy at the store. Our selection includes two kinds of plums, each with distinctive flavors you can enjoy in a variety of ways. European plums feature an oval shape and soft skin and flesh, and they are perfect for making preserves, jams or jellies, or drying to make prunes. Japanese plums feature a round or heart shape and firm skin and flesh, and they are delicious when eaten right off the tree or used for cooking or canning. Both kinds of plum trees will bear heavy crops of fruit in summer, with the added bonus of lovely flowers that will add beauty to your landscape each spring.
Enter your zip code to find your hardiness zone, see which trees and plants are best suited for your area, and learn your next ideal planting time.
To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy a plum tree.
We grow two types of plum trees:
Make sure you pick the right size for your space. When our plum trees mature, they will be one of three sizes:
Your climate plays an important role in whether a plum tree will produce fruit or even survive. Before ordering a tree, make sure its recommended hardiness zone range includes your area.
Pollination by a different variety is key to the success of most plum trees. Often, its absence is why trees produce poorly or don’t bear fruit. Be sure to check the description of the tree you’re interested in to see which pollinators our experts recommend. Some plum trees are self-pollinating, which is ideal if you don’t have enough growing space to plant a second variety as a pollinator. If you have room, we always recommend planting another compatible variety for optimum fruit production.
Most of our plum trees will be shipped to you bare-root (without soil) to ensure good contact with your garden soil. These young trees arrive in a dormant (resting) state and will spring to life soon after planting. They are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter when shipped to you.
If you would like a head start on growing a plum tree, upgrade to one of our top-grade, robust Stark Supreme Trees®, which are handpicked by our team of experts. They are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter when shipped to you.
Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or a refund of the full purchase price.
Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:
Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.
Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.
Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.
Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.
Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.
*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.