Burbank Plum Tree

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About the Burbank Plum Tree

Introducing the Burbank Plum Tree, a testament to the horticultural expertise of Luther Burbank, known as the “Wizard of Horticulture.” This Japanese-type plum, introduced in 1897 by the American Pomological Society, exhibits red blushing over a yellow background, showcasing a striking resemblance to nectarines.

This heirloom fruit boasts a delightful balance of flavors, blending sweet, tangy notes with a rich, aromatic essence, perfect for culinary endeavors or simply savoring fresh off the tree. Its golden-orange and juicy flesh makes it a delectable choice for fruit tarts, jams, and jellies.

With dramatic spring blooms of pristine white against a backdrop of dark green foliage, this tree is not only visually captivating but also a hardy and prolific producer. With its ability to bear a heavy crop, it stands as a reliable option for a wide range of uses.

How to Grow the Burbank Plum

The Burbank Plum is a popular stone fruit that can flourish in a variety of garden settings. It’s hardy and resistant to common plum diseases, such as leaf scale. With its need for approximately 400 chilling hours, the Burbank Plum tree is heat tolerant and flourishes in climate zones 5-9, including California’s coastal areas and inland valleys.

This tree thrives in well-drained soil and prefers a sunny location. Showy blooms in early spring turn to purplish-red, Japanese-style fruit ripening in mid-July. Plant a pollinator nearby for a bountiful harvest. To protect its bounty from birds, consider planting a mulberry tree nearby.

Luther Burbank’s exemplary work with plum crosses is commemorated in the name of this tree, honoring his contributions to horticulture. Easy to grow and a historical gem, the Burbank Plum Tree is an ideal addition for both experienced gardeners and newcomers seeking a rewarding and flavorful harvest.

Luther Burbank Variety! Luther Burbank (1849-1926), was an American plant breeder with over 50 years experience developing renowned plant varieties — many of which are still used today.

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Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement, with a nominal shipping fee of $9.99. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time credit to your account equaling the original product purchase price or issue you a refund. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Chill Hours 400 - 600
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Mid July Early August
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

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 - 9
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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