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Methley Plum

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Description

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.

Characteristics

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
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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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' Tall X 18 - 20' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

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.

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I wanted a dark flesh plum. Had a very good harvest this year for such a young tree. Fruit was especially sweet and tasted great.
Theresa M on Oct 7, 2017
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
I wanted a dark flesh plum. Had a very good harvest this year for such a young tree. Fruit was especially sweet and tasted great.
Theresa M on Oct 7, 2017
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Plums out the ying yang
We planted our tree 4 years ago. We almost had plums last year, but a late frost killed the buds. This year, we have plums for days. They are DELICIOUS, sweet and tart. Juicier than clearly other folks who have provided plum jam recipes. My children (12 and 7 yo twins) cannot stop eating them and the jelly!!

Great tree in Charlotte, NC!
June 17, 2016
Pleasant surprise
My tree arrived looking more like a stick and my family couldn't stop laugjing at my online purchase. I planted ky "stick" and a year later I have a tree with fruit! I don't have a green thumb, but my tree is thriving!
June 5, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Methley plum
Received my order. All peach trees I ordered are looking good. Methley plum arrived as a stick with no limbs and a very small root system. Planted all the same day they arrived and watered them and still water them. all are showing growth except the methley. It has been almost a month since they arrived and I do not think the methley plum will grow
April 24, 2016
Growing strong
Bought one plum tree from this company and one from Lowe's. This was the one that survived. I was able to plant it with a support pole and offered winter protection, although north Carolina doesn't need much. Our came back nice and strong this year. Just need another plum to cross pollenate with it now.....
May 6, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Tree
I purchased a bare root in April 2015. It was a mere 3'-4'. I chose this one as one of my first fruit trees since it's a self pollinator and because the fruit is known to be sweet. This one has out shined my other two fruit trees (a cherry and peach) by far. By the summer of 2016 she was already standing at approximately 14'. I have pruned her based on the instructions Stark Bros has provided using the vase-shape method since it's a Japanese plum tree. She is now approximately 16' tall and has approximately 40 white blooms on her right now. Very happy with how this tree has turned out. I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing fruit on her either this year or next.
March 8, 2017
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