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Methley Plum

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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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


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?
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Self pollinating
Anna S on Sep 8, 2019
I have a friend who has s methley plum dwarf tree and it produces very tasty plums
Greta S on Mar 6, 2019
Self pollinating
Anna S on Sep 8, 2019
Self Pollinating and fits into a space in our home orchard. Also the quality of other trees that I ordered from Stark is excellent.
Stephen V on Apr 28, 2019
I have a friend who has s methley plum dwarf tree and it produces very tasty plums
Greta S on Mar 6, 2019
Positive reviews.
WOOJOO S on Feb 6, 2019
Good for my area, to bring in white tail during bow season and into winter.
Kyle P on Nov 5, 2018
They are delicious.
Juan C on Sep 30, 2018
lots of plums nice size tree and self pollinating
KENNETH H on Sep 15, 2018
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
Self Pollinating and fits into a space in our home orchard. Also the quality of other trees that I ordered from Stark is excellent.
Stephen V on Apr 28, 2019
Positive reviews.
WOOJOO S on Feb 6, 2019
I live near Knoxville TN and have been told that I can???t grow plums here. Has any one had any luck here?
Nancy W on Feb 2, 2019
Yes you can grow plums at your location. I'm not sure why they said that you cant grow them there. Plums are very hardy and most plums can withstand a low temperature of -25. Plum trees grow very fast and you should buy semi-dwarf or dwarf trees because standard trees can get very tall. Most fruit trees should be pruned in February but not plums. They should be pruned in June and cut back half of the new growth and don't worry if you cut branches that have plums on them because the remaining plums will grow larger. Be sure you prune the tree back every year for the first five years and this will make it a compact tree with many branches and the fruit will be easy to reach. Best regards, Bob
Will this tree pollinate the bubblegum plum?
David Z on May 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
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
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
over 4 years ago
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
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
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
over 4 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
over 4 years 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
Growing out of control and not bearing fruit
Got this in 2015. I specifically ordered dwarf tree because I know how fast and big these trees can grow. The tree is growing healthy. So far, I only found 1 plum on the tree. The issue is that it grows like crazy like beyond 15 feet and requires pruning. It is not a dwarf plant as I expected. It's so tall now I have to pay a landscaper or tree company to come cut it down. It grows fast, but not worth it because of the lack of fruit and cost/effort to prune it.
October 21, 2018
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to learn that this tree is rapidly growing. If you need any assistance please contact customer support. One of our amazing agents will be ready to assist you. Your planting success is important to us!
October 30, 2018
Tabitha R
Hearty Tree
I live in Durham NC in Zone 7 and I have had my Methley Plum in the ground for a year and half. It continues to put on growth but suffers from bores and the canker worms (inch worms) hit it pretty hard in the early spring. I have amended the soil and mulched but do not use any pesticides or chemicals of any kind as the goal is to grow organically. The newest leaf growth looks good and is putting on new branches. I am hopeful to see the first flowers next spring.
May 13, 2016
over 4 years ago