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Santa Rosa Plum

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Beautiful, large, red fruits with gold flesh. This big producer developed by Luther Burbank bears sweet plums that are delicious when eaten fresh, cooked or canned. The tree is vigorous and easy-to-grow. Originates from Santa Rosa, California in 1906. Heat-tolerant. Clingstone. Ripens in mid July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
This plum was recommended to me by a friend
Deborah F on May 6, 2016
Recommended for our area and self polinating
Carol K on Mar 12, 2016
This plum was recommended to me by a friend
Deborah F on May 6, 2016
Love the taste of this plum.
Shirley T on Mar 20, 2016
Recommended for our area and self polinating
Carol K on Mar 12, 2016
Commonality and probability of survival
Jon H on Mar 5, 2016
I wanted to add another plum to the one that I planted last spring, this sounded good.
Dave M on Feb 29, 2016
Grows well in nj
rashad m on Feb 18, 2016
Love the taste of this plum.
Shirley T on Mar 20, 2016
Commonality and probability of survival
Jon H on Mar 5, 2016
My Santa Rosa plum has stopped setting fruit. We see blooms but never get fruit anymore. Any suggestions? My husband wants to cut it down but, it is such a beautiful tree and, I know it should fruit.
Pamela on Jun 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A number of thing may have happened; Santa Rosa is self fruitful, but a pollinator increases fruit may have lost the pollinator tree in the neiborhood; age of the tree (over 15-20 yrs) or in appropriate time of or drifting sprsys are all possibilities. Has the weather been condusive for pollinator insects? I hope this gives you some helpful suggestions
How long after planting will I begin to see growth of my Japanese Plum cutting?
Stuart B on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: for a spring planting I had growth a couple of weeks after planting. don't expect rapid growth the first year, however.....maybe 6 inches
I lost my orchard map. I have two plum trees a santa rosa semi-dwarf and a Methley. One clearly blooms a couple weeks earlier, does anyone know which one that is most likely to be?
C G on Mar 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In an average year, Methley tends to bloom earlier than Santa Rosa.
How many chill hours does santa rosa plum need?
clinton h on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: About 300-400 chill hours for this variety.

Customer Reviews

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Santa Rosa Plum
I saw 36 inches of growth the first year and have over a dozen flowers. Spring was wet last year so it may help to keep the trees well watered. I also used moderate fertilizer.

Spring is coming early this year, hope we don't get a late frost.
March 22, 2016
So far so good!
2 year old tree,heavy fruit load this year, had to thin in order to get larger fruit.
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
Santa Rose Plum
Quite a bit slower in growth than the EarliBlue Plum. I will take 2-3 more years before it produces. This is year two.
May 20, 2016
1 year ago
santa rosa plum
Good so far! Can't wait until we can get some fruit on it!
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
wonderful tree
lots of plums only after one year. would recommend this tree to everyone
May 17, 2016
1 year ago
Growing very nicely
Still need another year before I could expect fruit but tree is growing very nicely. Very healthy, perfect shape.
May 19, 2016
1 year ago
I like this fruit tree
I like this tree, it blossoms nice in the spring and it is growing fast too ..
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
Too early to tell
Growing prolifically this first spring, even more than my peach trees.
June 11, 2016
1 year ago
Santa Rosa arrives as a stick and is now a beautiful growing tree
We purchased the Santa Rosa plum tree last May 2015 for a birthday and now one year later, the tree has lots of green leaves and branches. When the "tree" arrived it was just a single trunk and I was a bit disappointed and skeptical as to how soon we might have a tree. I'm happy to say that a year later the tree has grown at least 4 feet, has 10-12 branches and even had a few blossoms. Stark Bros. shipped according to schedule and always have reasonable prices. I love that they were founded in the 1800's. A true sign of success in business!
May 25, 2016
1 year ago
Santa Rosa Plum
An excellent tree! Doubled in size in its first year, and already has about 20-25 buds which will hopefully be plums in a couple of months! I planted it in the Fall (of 2014) as advised.
May 26, 2016
1 year ago