Ozark Premier Plum

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Grow giant, sweet and juicy plums. A great plum tree for the Ohio Valley, the Northeast, and the Midwest. Fruit is firm and excellent for cooking, canning, and fresh-eating. Bears young. Offspring of Burbank x Methley. Heat-tolerant. Semi-freestone. Introduced by the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in 1946. Ripens in August.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Extra Large
Ripens/Harvest Early To Mid 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 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.


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 50' 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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I am building my backyard orchard.
cereta g on Jun 28, 2020
Shane C on Mar 31, 2020
I am building my backyard orchard.
cereta g on Jun 28, 2020
To Pollinate the Elephant Heart.
Tim W on Apr 26, 2020
Shane C on Mar 31, 2020
looked good, and time of harvest
STEVE J on Jan 27, 2020
Need polinator
Gankak K on Jan 17, 2020
plum lover
John n on Jan 13, 2020
Your description
Betty W on Jan 12, 2020
Recommended by brother
martha W on May 8, 2019
To pollinate a Starking Delicious plum
Ellen D on May 5, 2019
Love your products and thought I would try this one!
WENDY P on Apr 18, 2019
To pollinate the shiro plum trees i have
Fariha F on Apr 8, 2019
Good pollinator for Elephant Heart Plum.
BILL W on Mar 9, 2019
I just love the stout sweet and tanginess these little plums give. A perfect snack for all.
Travis L on Feb 8, 2019
good eating and pollinates with shiro plum
TIM B on Jan 26, 2019
Previous success with this cultivar
JAY M B on Sep 3, 2018
Superior flavor
Dan M on May 7, 2018
Oklahoma State University recommended for our climate. Anxious to see how this does.
curtis w on Jan 27, 2018
Identified by University of TN as a good tree for this area
GLORIA B on Mar 25, 2017
Recommended for my area and have tried the fruit, it is delicious
David H on Dec 15, 2016
To Pollinate the Elephant Heart.
Tim W on Apr 26, 2020
looked good, and time of harvest
STEVE J on Jan 27, 2020
I have a Toka japanese plum tree and am looking for a suitable pollinator. I have heard that you need another Japanese plum. Can you suggest one of your varieties that would be appropriate-- for example, would the Ozark Premier, Redheart or Methley work? Thanks for your help!
GrandmaG on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Toka is actually a Japanese-American hybrid plum variety, so pollination can be tricky. The only variety we (currently) carry that would consistently pollinate Toka is the Superior plum. You can also use other Japanese-American hybrids like Waneta, Pipestone, Alderman, or Underwood.
Would Methley plum tree be a good pollinator for Ozark Premier plum tree?
Nick R on Mar 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They are both just coming into bloom for the first time so it's too early to give you an answer. Sorry!
is this a grafted variety ?or heirloom?
chuck on Feb 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes the tree in question is a grafted Ozark Beauty Plum tree.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What size is the tree when i get it? Also can u send me pics of the actual tree?
Vikki L on Dec 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The bare root option ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk. Unfortunately, we do not provide pictures of our trees as they are all grow a little different and do not all look the same.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will this and the Bruce plum pollinate?
Sarah T on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Sarah, I found that the Bruce Plum needs another Japanese plum for proper pollination so the Ozark Premier plum should work. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
What is the chill hours requirement for this Ozark plum?
Juan C on Feb 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The chill-hours requirement for Ozark Premier Plum is 800 hours.
Pollinator for an Italian plum tree?
Phil H on Apr 28, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Nice Plum Tree, Growing Well
Shorty after I planted my Ozark Premier Standard bare root tree last summer, it was growing well making many new branches. The deer promptly trimmed it down quite a bit, and I placed a five foot wire fence around it to keep them away. This year it has grown much more - still short, but with many new limbs about half the height of tree. The tree is planted on a bank next to other plums and seems to require very little care. I do spray my trees with Captain Jacks Dead Bug Brew twice a year after the blooming season, and with a 10% mix of Neem oil in water in the fall and spring. We have Japanese beetles here, but the natural product sprayings keep them away from everything.
May 24, 2019
last year when I received my Ozark Premier Plum on February 0f 2016 ,I planted it in a pot. Last February I planted it in the ground. It has more than 50 plums now ,I recommend Ozark Premier Plum to all plum lovers highly
May 14, 2017
over 5 years ago
Fruit tree
This is the third tree I've ordered from Stark Bros. They have all arrived in perfect shape and take off like crazy after planting. Won't get my fruit trees from anywhere else!
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Ozark Premier Plum
I purchased this bare root last season (2016) it's growing great and I've already got 6 plums on it. I've had this before at my old home and the kids and I loved it. Can't wait for it to grow and put on more fruit.
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
review from the ozark premier plum
I just got this last year, and so far it is doing well. it flowered in the second year, but will not produce any fruit. I did prune it in the second year to thicken the branches, and it is a good idea to do this for next five years or so. you prune to allow the braches to become thicker, and to shape the fruit tree to your desire.

I have approximately 6-7 dwarf plum trees, and look forward in the coming years to enjoy the taste of the Ozark premier plum. I picked this Ozark premier plum for the pollination of the bubblegum plum tree I am also growing as well. I placed them next to each other for better cross-pollination protocol. both of these plums should have a great taste, texture consistence with the quality products I have received from stark brothers nursery.

my overall rating is 5 stars because it is growing so well, although I can not address the taste/texture/size, etc., as of yet.

the stark brothers nursery personal/employees are great to work with, willing to answer any questions you may have.
May 13, 2016
over 5 years ago
Nice Tree
Survived the first year, beautiful tree, I got a little clump of flowers this spring. Good hope for the next few.
May 25, 2016
over 5 years ago
beautiful trees
We have had these trees in the past and have had extremely good luck with them producing however, this year we didn't want them to have fruit because of their age and size.
May 3, 2018
over 4 years ago
Fast growing plum trees
I purchased two plum trees last spring. The Ozark Premier has more than doubled in size and it is only one year old. We had a few blooms this spring but due to our extension of cold weather no plums developed. The tree is healthy and growing nicely.
May 25, 2019
over 3 years ago
Ozark Premier Plum
I planted my Ozark Premier Plum tree last spring. It is doing very well. It has not made any fruit yet, still too young.
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
Ozark Premier Plum
My plum has not produced yet, however, I got great growth this year. It should have its first crop next year. Looking forward to eating some great plums. Would recommend this tree. It is easy to grow.
August 10, 2016
over 6 years ago