Italian Plum

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Also called fellemberg plum

The Italian Plum tree is famous worldwide for its reliability in producing an enormous crop of large, freestone plums. Also referred to as the Fellemberg Plum and Italian Prune Plum, this lovely fruit tree features a spring bloom of lovely pink and white blossoms but is most beloved for its August harvest of delectable plums.

This European fruit has juicy, yellow-green flesh and deep purple skin. The flavor is a rich blend of sweetness with a lemon-tart edge that sets it apart from the common taste of other plums. Great for fresh eating, canning, and of course drying!

The Italian Plum is a very vigorous and cold-hardy tree. It’s considered an easy tree to get established and can be expected to bear fruit within only two years. The Italian Plum is self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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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.

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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Good morning my name is steve Fellenberg pretty cool hu. would love to know who came up with the name of the plum tree?
steve f on Sep 7, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Nice tree
About 5-6" of the tip was broken when it arrived, but it's been a healthy tree. I just cleaned up the top and planted. Expecting some fruit next year...
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
Small and pricey but growing at year 1.
Very small and expensive bare root plant. It grew OK, but after a year it is still less than half the size of a locally purchased potted plant that sells for $10 less and has no shipping charge. It is only 1 year old and will take several more years to bear fruit, so I have no idea yet if I will like it or not. Judging by growth rate, it will be 4 - 5 years from planting to see the first fruit.
May 22, 2016
over 6 years ago
Even the fungus did't stop it
My Fellenberg plum took off shortly after it was planted and grew in leaps and bounds. One day I noticed some of the leaves had black spots on them. These spots kept spreading onto other leaves and I became concerned as over half of the leaves started turning yellow and dropping off. I did some research and decided it must be a fungus called black spot. Not wanted to use a chemical fungicide, as I prefer to grow organically, I opted to use Colloidal Silver and put it in a spray bottle and sprayed the whole tree. A lot of damage had been done to the little tree from the fungus, but within a week the tree responded to the spraying that killed the fungus, and starting growing again. This spring, it was the first of my fruit trees to leaf out, and you would never know it had a rough start last year. I would recommend this variety of plum to anyone who wants a fruit tree that nothing can stop its hardy growth.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Still Waiting
No plums this first year. Had to prune a "sucker" off. Hope we can count on some next year
August 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
Fellenberg plum
The Fellenberg plum I planted in my mixed shrub bed is growing well and bloomed for the first time this spring. It has been growing a full season. The blossoms came just before our late season heavy snow and cold snap so didn't set fruit. Next year should be better because we don't normally have cold as late as we did this year.
May 23, 2016
over 6 years ago
Fellenberg Plum
Fellenberg, or Italian Plum, got nibbled by the deer and hasn't borne fruit yet
May 4, 2018
over 4 years ago
Fellenberg Plum Review
Planted three Fellenberg plum trees last year, they did not grow very well during the year. Very few branches and only one branch on each tree that grew more than three inches. I did keep up with watering and fertilizing the trees. I protected them well for the winter, I was not sure they would survive. I checked the trees today, 5/2/2018 and it looks like they survived. No leaves yet, I live in SE WI and it was a very cold April. A new peach tree planted about 16 feet from them did great. I hope the plum trees grow better this year.
May 2, 2018
over 4 years ago