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A disease-resistant, early-season plum that is equally beautiful as it is delicious!

The Bruce Plum tree is a genetic cross between the Japanese plum and the native Chickasaw plum. This hybrid plum was introduced by A. L. Bruce of Donelly County, Texas, in 1921.

This lovely tree is a heavy producer of large, brilliant, red-wine fruit. Its deep red color is beautiful against a backdrop of lush green foliage. The juicy flesh is a pale-yellow color and has a semi-acidic taste and mellow flavor. Excellent for canning, the early-season stone fruit ripens in mid-to-late May.

Bruce Plum can handle dry, hot areas, as well as the occasional frost in the Spring. These plum trees thrive in northern Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and areas with similar climates. It’s a great pollinating partner for the Methley, Morris, Santa Rosa and other early blooming Japanese varieties.

Backyard growers will love this variety for its reliable crop of fresh fruit year after year!

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Bloom Color White
Chill Hours 500 - 600
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 8B

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 18 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8B
My Hardiness Zone ?
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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 100' for best pollination.

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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow plum trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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