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This tree looks great year-round. In summer, this variety yields sweet, purple-red plums; in spring, it offers white, fragrant flowers; and in fall and winter, the tree offers structural interest and a great place to hang holiday lights. A heavy bearer, Methley grows clusters of plums all throughout the tree. Disease-resistant to fungal diseases like rust. A superb pollinator for other Japanese plum trees. Heat-tolerant. Clingstone. Originates in South Africa, introduced to America in 1922. Ripens in mid July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Juicy And Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 9

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 compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Hope they do as well here as in Washington state. Should make good jam.
Dot S on Apr 19, 2016
Love plums, especially red flesh. Can wait for the fruit
Sarah L on Mar 15, 2016
Hope they do as well here as in Washington state. Should make good jam.
Dot S on Apr 19, 2016
I just needed a plum tree and I prefer the Japanese type over the European because it has much more fruit and is sweeter.
MICHAEL V on Mar 15, 2016
Love plums, especially red flesh. Can wait for the fruit
Sarah L on Mar 15, 2016
My mom had this kind of plum tree and it makes the BEST jam
ANN P on Feb 20, 2016
I just needed a plum tree and I prefer the Japanese type over the European because it has much more fruit and is sweeter.
MICHAEL V on Mar 15, 2016
My mom had this kind of plum tree and it makes the BEST jam
ANN P on Feb 20, 2016
Can plum trees be set out in the fall area code 28681 ???
Creel L on Oct 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Methley Plum is suited to Zones 5-9, so it should be fine! Always acclimate your tree a little bit at a time or you could burn the bark or leaves.
Is the Methley Plum resistant to cotton root rot?
Lee B on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm familiar with root rot, but not "cotton root rot." Not many plants are resistant to root rot, nor are plums. I've had my tree one year and it is doing fine.
Hello. The Methley Plum is not available in semi-dwarf. How well does this tree tolerate pruning? Might it be possible to prune this tree sufficiently to keep it closer to a semi-dwarf size when mature? Thank you.
Jim M on Feb 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am growing a dwarf Methley plum tree; however, if I don't prune it, it grows bigger than what a well-maintained dwarf tree is (in my mind). Such is the nature of vigorous trees! Methley tolerates my aggressive pruning. You can either plant a Standard tree and keep it pruned somewhat smaller, or plant a Dwarf tree and be a little more lax with your pruning and let it grow taller. It's up to you.

Customer Reviews

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Methly plum SUPREME standard Spring planting.
We saw over 30 inches of growth the first year, and now have over a dozen flower buds. Wet spring, moderate fertilizer.
March 22, 2016
Looking good
It's a little early to tell now, but when I received my dwarf tree it was 31 inches long from the roots to the tip. There was one main root (5 inches long), and several smaller ones coming off of it (2-4 inches). There were 2 branches ( 4 inches), and 8 green buds in total on the tree.
Problems: Minor damage during delivery
The tree's top was jammed into the top of the box, and a one inch section of it had broken off. The wet paper had also shifted, so the roots were a bit dry. Also, one of the roots had been torn. Other than that, the tree looked fine.
March 23, 2016
Planted Fall 2015
I Ordered and Planted 2 Dwarf Size Methley Plum's the Fall of 2015.
The 2 Trees arrived extremely well packed and in excellent condition.
They were fully leafed out upon arrival as I ordered the Supreme potted trees.
During the Fall of 2015, these 2 trees grew like insane due to the mild Fall weather we received in the Ohio Valley.
Spring 2016, these 2 trees were the first out of all of my fruit trees to burst forth with leafs and went back to getting down to growing. They are now taller than me ( I am 6' 1") and spreading out very nicely for only being planted now for about 7 months. I can not wait till Stark Bro.s has more of these plums in stock so that I can place an order for more.
Excellent Tree Growth I have experienced so far.
I know of this type of Plum, as my grandmother had a Methley Plum when I was younger which I would eat right off the tree. I can not wait till my tree's start to produce fruit.
April 30, 2016
fast growing
I planted this tree last spring and it has already tripled in size. Beautiful tree, I cant' wait until it starts producing.
May 24, 2016
1 year ago
Methley plum
Its now 1 year and growing beautifully cant wait to get fruit
May 24, 2016
1 year ago
I was dubious
When I got my 'stick' in the mail, I was very dubious. It was just a stick. But I followed the directions and planted the rooty-looking end in the ground. I watered faithfully and I was rewarded with lots of little branches and leaves the first summer. This spring, I watched it carefully and it came out of winter dormancy beautifully. No flowers this year, but I expect it to take a couple years. It's healthy and growing with vigor. Would buy again and I have. Three pear trees this year.
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
they didn't bear the first 2 years , but it was worth the wait. They are quite sweet , tree is also pretty to look at too.
September 5, 2016
1 year ago
Mr. Hardy arrived in our home May 2015, like a baby all snuggled up tight. We put Mr. Hardy in his tempory location, a five gallon bucket with holes for drainage. As the weeks turned into months awaiting a tree to cut down for just that perfect spot. One year later Mr. Hardy found his home, not only did he mature and take on such enormous size during this time he even produced a flower or two. Now, happy in the ground he stands up tall and I expect to see even more exciting developments over the next years till we get to delight in the fruits of how Mr. Hardy was hardy enough to grow in any condition
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
very vigorous
My methyl was planted in the same hole as Stanley PrunePlum. I want to slow the vigor but it's taking off like speedy Gonzales. I have to keep pruning it back so that my Stanley can keep up. this year no fruit yet, but hundred and hundred of fruiting spurs... can't wait till next year to really taste a homegrown plum. I love it. Love to see it grow and you can really see it grow...
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
Doubled in size in one year
Beautiful little tree and it doubled in size over the first year.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
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