Burbank™ Elephant Heart Plum

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Large, baseball-size plums. This variety was developed by Luther Burbank and introduced to home gardeners by Stark Bro’s in 1929. Sometimes called a “blood plum” because of its dark-red flesh. Fruit is juicy and flavorful – excellent for eating fresh or canning. Tree thrives in arid and semi-arid areas. Freestone. Ripens in September.

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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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 compatability range of this variety before ordering.

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.


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 50' 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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
The size of a Baseball????? Had to see this for myself..... besides, I love me some plum!
Floyd W on Jan 17, 2021
Ordered prior but weather killed them within a few months of bearing leaves & I didn't know if they qualified for replacement.
DANNY N on Dec 11, 2020
The size of a Baseball????? Had to see this for myself..... besides, I love me some plum!
Floyd W on Jan 17, 2021
I love fruits ????
brenda s on Dec 30, 2020
Ordered prior but weather killed them within a few months of bearing leaves & I didn't know if they qualified for replacement.
DANNY N on Dec 11, 2020
Will try in Oklahoma weather
Barry P on Oct 20, 2020
For it???s advertised bountiful harvest.
Esther R on Jul 1, 2020
My Dad had this kind of Plum Tree while I was growing up and they were delicious!
Troylene B on Jun 20, 2020
We love this plum.
Tim W on Apr 26, 2020
I really enjoy the flavor of the red fleshed plums, and my orchard has several Starks trees, always first choice when ordering trees.
Elizabeth M on Apr 17, 2020
Easy to grow
Jonathan H on Jun 13, 2019
Have a santa rosa plum now that is self pollunating and your details said the burbank would mix well with it!
Cindy G on May 25, 2019
the size, red flesh and taste
russ s on Apr 27, 2019
Linda K on Apr 26, 2019
Looking for a freestone plum
DANNY L on Mar 24, 2019
Love this variety.
BILL W on Mar 9, 2019
Big beautiful plums eh
Michael R on Feb 3, 2019
The large size they get and we love the blood plums and don't have any planted in our orchard !
John H on Dec 24, 2016
Best tasting plum that I have grown. Prolific bearing. Crisp and juicy fruit!
Rufina L on Apr 2, 2016
I have a Shiro Plum that flowers every year, but no other plum tree to pollinate.
Kathy J on Feb 28, 2016
I love fruits ????
brenda s on Dec 30, 2020
Will try in Oklahoma weather
Barry P on Oct 20, 2020
Is it grafted to a dwarf rootstock?
mitch g on Apr 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately at this time we only have this variety in a standard size no dwarf root stock.
Are these grafted on to dwarf rootstock?
mitch g on Apr 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don???t believe so. We, of course had no fruit last year, but this year, we did get new leaves but no flowers yet. So not sure if we will get fruit this year. And yes, we did feed appropriately. Good luck!
I'm trying to decide which one to buy the Burbank??? Elephant Heart Plum or the Big Blue Plum I live in zip code 93455, any suggestions? Also how tall do these trees get. Can you top them at 10' and still have them produce. When do they come it to purchase. I believe that's 4 questions. Thanks
Joe S on Feb 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I lived in northern California, Napa Vally, we had two elephant heart plum trees they were tall over 10ft
very burgundy and very sweet delicious fruit , I bought two of this trees and both did well, but the wind did damage one,the other is doing very well,
Will a Beauty or Santa Rosa plum pollinate an Elephant Ear plum?
Linda B on Jul 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. These are two of Luther Burbank's very best plums.
Could a Santa Rosa plum tree be a suitable pollinator with the Elephant Heart plum tree?
Captain Crunch on Mar 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. They are great pollinating partners and both wonderful plums in their own right.
will wild plums pollinate elephant heart plums ?
Rita S on Mar 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Elephant Heart is a Japanese plum and can therefore be pollinated by a native American (wild) plum.
How many chill hours does this tree require?
Michael D on Feb 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This plum has relatively low chill hours at 500.
I have three Stanley prune plums; will they be able to pollinate this variety (or any other variety)?
Rachel on Sep 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Stanley Prune Plums are European plums, while the Elephant Heart is Japanese, so they are not a good pollinating match. Stanley Prune Plums will pollinate most other European varieties, like Damson and Big Blue.

Customer Reviews

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Burbank Elephant Heart Plum
This plum is just the best. Perfect for eating right off the tree and makes the best jam. For me I consider it the only one to have.
May 12, 2016
over 6 years ago
Burbank Heart Plum
Purchased two plums, (bare root), one in 2014 was one year plant (1/2 caliber), which didn't make it. I purchase a second tree with a larger caliber the next year, so far it is doing well. Would recommend the larger caliber tree.
May 26, 2016
over 6 years ago
Beautiful tree
We received a sturdy tree and it grew very well for two years, but unfortunately our irrigation ditch washed out and drowned the poor thing. They do not like standing water!
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
I have an 8 year old burbank elephant heart plum. I never experienced such a delicious fruit in my life...
I bought another burbank EHP because my first tree stopped fruiting...this is the 2nd season for the new tree. it didn't set any flowers.
May 8, 2017
over 5 years ago
Performance of Elephant Heart Plum in SW Idaho
I planted my tree in 2015. It did not grow much because we were in drought, with irrigation-water shortages. The tree is growing far better this year because of a good water supply and moderate spring temperatures. I've eaten Elephant Heart from a tree in Emmett, ID and know how good the fruit is, also that it can keep in the refrigerator till Christmas if properly stored. The cultivar appears to be well adapted to our location--there is a bearing tree of it next door that is about 10-15 years old. My tree is in the 1-1/4 acre commercial orchard that I planted.

Bob Purvis
Horticulturist, M.S.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Beautiful tree
I bought my tree last spring so I wasn't expecting fruit this year but I have tons of little fruit. The tree arrived sooner than expected and in great condition. I would absolutely but again.
May 20, 2017
over 5 years ago
Not quite as prolific as some; but the FLAVOR
i planted this variety at the same time as a shiro plum in zone 9b. The tree has grown incredibly well over the last 4 years! 14’ tall, well developed, and ridiculously good fruit! I only get 50-100 plums each year... but the flavor makes it well worth it! This is in comparison to the 1,000 shiros i get every summer, but i still find it to be worthwhile!
May 5, 2019
over 5 years ago
My plum blossomed this spring and has leafed out. Surprising it survived the wettest cold winter here in N NV. Have been very happy with quality of plants.
May 8, 2017
over 5 years ago
Supreme XL is the way to go
I ordered one of the larger Supreme XL size. It has a good size trunk and several branches. I planted while dormant, and it's showing some nice growth. it's growing much better than the regular supreme I bought the year before. From now on, Supreme XL is the only way I will go. It's just starting out, but so far I am pleased.
March 31, 2017
Little tiny plums I can't wait
Bought this little tree two years ago and planted in a cold north eastern environment (zone 6). It is very happy and apparently very hardy, because there are two tiny little plums in May. So exciting! I can't wait for this baby to grow! Great product.
May 12, 2018
over 5 years ago