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Big Blue Plum

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Description

Productive tree bears young. Mammoth-sized fruit is satisfyingly juicy with a bluish skin and sweet yellow flesh. Great for tasty preserves, freezing and canning, and is a delight when eaten fresh. Originates from Lansingburgh, New York circa 1840. Freestone. Ripens in mid September. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm, Good
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

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
can not find in local market, tried last year, no one could find this variety. would like to make preserves and jam, maybe some wine.
chris k on Mar 5, 2017
looking for a "black" plum that grew in my in-laws yard 40+ years ago. This looked like it might be it
Marie S on Jan 22, 2017
can not find in local market, tried last year, no one could find this variety. would like to make preserves and jam, maybe some wine.
chris k on Mar 5, 2017
Sounds like an incredible fruit that also does not require cross pollination.
David B on Feb 3, 2017
looking for a "black" plum that grew in my in-laws yard 40+ years ago. This looked like it might be it
Marie S on Jan 22, 2017
Because it looks like the one I had in my yard as a kid and it is self-pollinating
Frank D on Jan 18, 2017
What's not to like about this variety? I am looking forward to picking these babies!
Dave B on Dec 27, 2016
Wanted freestone fresh eating plum.
Chris D on Dec 26, 2016
My husband loves plums "the big blue ones" he said. Okay, I ordered Big Blue. The tree is doing well, and flowered this year.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
I have a plum tree already and would like to expand by adding this plum tree to my orchard for more beautiful fruit production. Thank you Stark Brothers.
Carrie H on Mar 24, 2016
Looking for a dwarf, self pollinating fruit tree to fit in my flower bed and thought I would give this a try. We have a ton of other fruit trees but no plums.
Stacy H on Mar 8, 2016
Sounds like an incredible fruit that also does not require cross pollination.
David B on Feb 3, 2017
Because it looks like the one I had in my yard as a kid and it is self-pollinating
Frank D on Jan 18, 2017
Does this tree have green or purple leaves? Thanks!
Layne N on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a green-leaf plum variety.
I would like to plant a Big Blue Plum on a site that I am removing an sour cherry tree that grew from below the graft. It has scab or blight . Will this infect the new plum ?
Jerry E on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the tree you are removing had a fungal or bacterial issue, it may not technically "spread" to your new plum tree, but the potential causes may still exist in the environment. Poorly drained sites and humid locations are favorable for disease issues. Proper identification of the disease and using control methods (spraying, pruning, destroying debris, maintaining a clean growing site, etc.) will help reduce the risk of disease issues in new trees.
Is this Big Blue plum a japanese type plum tree?
RocKin40 on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 'Big Blue' is a classic European variety, which is self-pollinating. It will do better/produce more with a pollinating partner; should you choose to go that route, make sure you choose another European variety. A Japanese plum will not pollinate a European plum.
Is this in the same family as Blackthorn tree?
Mark L on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: it is the same genus, yes: Prunus.

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Stark Brothers are the Best
I've bought Stark Brothers trees since 1977 and I can say without any uncertainty that they provide the best fruit tree products offered for sale in the USA. I have always gotten what I've ordered very quickly and at a very fair price.
May 5, 2016
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over 3 years ago
Plum tree
Added the Big Blue Plum tree to our orchard last year. Tree is flourishing and came through our Michigan winter strong!
May 5, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
It's growing very nicely & has a beautiful shape.
I am VERY satisfied with it. I definitely recommend it.
Looking forward to the fruit.
May 18, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
*****
Growing well. Did not bloom yet. May wait until next year. Nice plant.
Fay
May 3, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
1 year in
I love plums and picked the Big Blue as part of my 50th Birthday present.
The tree arrived in great shape, the directions to store until I could plant were clear and the tree is thriving.
I am on year 1 and did not get any blooms this year but the tree is healthy and beautiful. Can't wait to see the tree develop fruit for years to come. You have to have patience if you want healthy fruit trees, there are no immediate producers. I followed the directions on pruning and the tree is growing a perfect shape to bear fruit in the next couple of years.
May 20, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing plums in zone 4
We got 8' of snow on our mile high prairie here in Idaho this winter. all of our little newly planted trees were killed. our little plum tree that we got last spring..tho crippled by the snow load..not only survived, but has 7 blossoms on it! its all leafed out and is looking great! We plan to buy more. (Dam this global warming!)
June 3, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Big Blue Plum
I ordered 2 last year one is great the other didnt make it but i would still recommend them to anyone....
May 4, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Blue Damson seems sturdy and healthy
My blue plum has not yielded yet, as it is too young. But I used it to replace
a seckel pear I lost to fireblight last season and it is doing well in a sunny position
in the center of my border. Will add needed height and some delicious plums in 2-3 years. Came through the winter with flying colors and off to a good start this season.
May 14, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago