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Big Blue Plum

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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.


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.


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
I have another and the fruit is wonderful
RAY F on Mar 3, 2018
Sounds like an incredible fruit that also does not require cross pollination.
David B on Feb 3, 2017
I have another and the fruit is wonderful
RAY F on Mar 3, 2018
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
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
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.
what time of year do you plant?
Allie W on Sep 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Is this plum disease resistant? Or will it get diseased like Japanese plums?
Rita P on Aug 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is considered an antique variety, and is European. It does not have any formal classification of disease-resistance, which can be prevented anyway by planting the tree on a well-drained site and sticking with a good organic spraying program. The fruit of this tree is nothing short of amazing.
how big will this get, height and spread?
B. B on Nov 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Currently this item is out of stock. This is why there is no size information available.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I'm looking for a self pollenating plum, best for making dried fruit. Is Big Blue Plum the one?
B. B on Jun 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Big Blue is a wonderful fruit, fresh or dried. A true prune-plum you may want to look at is this one:
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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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
over 3 years ago
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
over 5 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
over 3 years ago
Doing good
Tree is doing very good. Starting on its 3rd year. Has made it through 2 year of Iowa winters. Its growing fast. Hopefully i get fruit this year.
March 9, 2019
over 2 years ago
big blue plum
Nice stock, growing nicely. Neem oil takes care of pests.
June 25, 2018
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
over 3 years 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
over 3 years ago
Growing well. Did not bloom yet. May wait until next year. Nice plant.
May 3, 2017
over 3 years ago
plum tree interest
this is the second year for two of these although they look healthy with growth they did not have blossom sand it is the middle of may I do not see them blooming this year even though they are full branches of nice growth. we will see next year
May 9, 2018
over 2 years 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
over 3 years ago