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Beautiful, large, red fruits with gold flesh. This big producer developed by Luther Burbank bears sweet plums that are delicious when eaten fresh, cooked or canned. The tree is vigorous and easy-to-grow. Originates from Santa Rosa, California in 1906. Heat-tolerant. Clingstone. Ripens in mid-July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
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 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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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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I love plums and wanted quality dwarf trees so I automatically picked Stark Bros. as I have full trust in their products.
cregg n on Aug 1, 2017
Harvest time is a big plus as we have a rather extensive backyard orchard.
R K on May 10, 2017
I love plums and wanted quality dwarf trees so I automatically picked Stark Bros. as I have full trust in their products.
cregg n on Aug 1, 2017
Tastiest plums out there and at dwarf size, couldn't pass up for the front yard.
JAMES K on May 16, 2017
Harvest time is a big plus as we have a rather extensive backyard orchard.
R K on May 10, 2017
Had one in Tennessee and it made the best jam ever!!!!!!!!
Dale W on Mar 17, 2017
Best tasting of all Plums.
Gary N on Mar 8, 2017
We have had this same plum in the past. They make wonderful jam.
Judith P on Feb 28, 2017
Had this kind of plum before. They are good for eating and for jelly.
ELAINE R on Nov 15, 2016
My neighbor brings us Plums from his Santa Rosa tree every year. They are the best I've ever had... Like candy... My kids even look forward to them every year and fight over them. I hope my tree turns out like his some day.
Lisa M on Nov 4, 2016
I had one once before and enjoy it very much.
Rickey S on Oct 4, 2016
Excellent fresh eating plum, and makes delicious jam!
Susan D on Sep 19, 2016
Have grow this variety before, it's a fantastic plum.
Tim J on Sep 8, 2016
The dwarf will fit perfect where I want to plant it and it's a self pollinator. The fruit is very juicy.
Terrell R on Aug 24, 2016
This plum was recommended to me by a friend
Deborah F on May 6, 2016
Love the taste of this plum.
Shirley T on Mar 20, 2016
Recommended for our area and self polinating
Carol K on Mar 12, 2016
Commonality and probability of survival
Jon H on Mar 5, 2016
I wanted to add another plum to the one that I planted last spring, this sounded good.
Dave M on Feb 29, 2016
Grows well in nj
rashad m on Feb 18, 2016
Tastiest plums out there and at dwarf size, couldn't pass up for the front yard.
JAMES K on May 16, 2017
Had one in Tennessee and it made the best jam ever!!!!!!!!
Dale W on Mar 17, 2017
My Santa Rosa plum has stopped setting fruit. We see blooms but never get fruit anymore. Any suggestions? My husband wants to cut it down but, it is such a beautiful tree and, I know it should fruit.
Pamela on Jun 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A number of thing may have happened; Santa Rosa is self fruitful, but a pollinator increases fruit may have lost the pollinator tree in the neiborhood; age of the tree (over 15-20 yrs) or in appropriate time of or drifting sprsys are all possibilities. Has the weather been condusive for pollinator insects? I hope this gives you some helpful suggestions
In Arkansas , we have late frost, some yrs. will the blooms survive, ?
Estelle on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. It really depends upon how "hard" the frost is. A light frost will generally not kill the blooms. If the tree is small enough to cover with a sheet, you can do that; or you can mist the tree with water, which will form a protective coating around the blooms and actually keep them from freezing.
How long after planting will I begin to see growth of my Japanese Plum cutting?
Stuart B on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: for a spring planting I had growth a couple of weeks after planting. don't expect rapid growth the first year, however.....maybe 6 inches
What month should I plant my plum tree?
Rachel C on Jan 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 7a and planted my Santa Rosa plum mid-March 2016. It is healthy and thriving.
Does it attract butterflies?
Tarra S on Oct 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have not seen butterflies visiting our Santa Rosa plums when they are in bloom, but we do see many other pollinators including honey bees. Butterflies are not usually in our area at the time the Santa Rosa plums bloom; the butterflies arrive later in the season. They are beautiful plants and the fruit is delicious!
How long will a Santa Rosa plum tree live and produce? Mine is about 23 years old, in Albuquerque NM. Fruit is only now high up and out of reach. Is it time to say goodbye?
Nessa W on Jul 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Santa Rosas usually live/produce for about 20 years - you've been lucky. :-) You must have taken good care of it. If you would like a solid crop of Santa Rosas, it's probably time to plant a new one.
How to stop damage to plums from worms?
Susan on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The pest is likely the notorious plum curculio. It's a small weevil that lays its eggs into young developing fruit - not just plums. When its eggs hatch, the worm-looking larvae eat and bore their way out of the fruit. GardenTech Sevin Bug Killer will help control the pest in plum trees, but the timing has to be right to be effective. Your first growing-season spray for this pest needs to occur after the blossoms have dropped but when the fruit is not yet larger than the size of a pea. The half-moon shaped scar this pest leaves in the surface of the fruit is a tell-tale sign that the damage has already been done.
I lost my orchard map. I have two plum trees a santa rosa semi-dwarf and a Methley. One clearly blooms a couple weeks earlier, does anyone know which one that is most likely to be?
C G on Mar 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In an average year, Methley tends to bloom earlier than Santa Rosa.
How many chill hours does santa rosa plum need?
clinton h on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: About 300-400 chill hours for this variety.

Customer Reviews

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Santa Rosa Plum
Very tasty and sweet. Meat is a good texture; firm but soft. This is 1st harvest after last falls planting, there were about 20 golf ball size plums. I'm hoping next year they'll be a little bigger.
August 5, 2016
over 3 years ago
wonderful tree
lots of plums only after one year. would recommend this tree to everyone
May 17, 2016
over 3 years ago
So far so good!
2 year old tree,heavy fruit load this year, had to thin in order to get larger fruit.
May 21, 2016
over 2 years ago
Santa Rosa Plum
I saw 36 inches of growth the first year and have over a dozen flowers. Spring was wet last year so it may help to keep the trees well watered. I also used moderate fertilizer.

Spring is coming early this year, hope we don't get a late frost.
March 22, 2016
Santa Rose Plum
Quite a bit slower in growth than the EarliBlue Plum. I will take 2-3 more years before it produces. This is year two.
May 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
Growing very nicely
Still need another year before I could expect fruit but tree is growing very nicely. Very healthy, perfect shape.
May 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
I like this fruit tree
I like this tree, it blossoms nice in the spring and it is growing fast too ..
May 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
Santa Rosa arrives as a stick and is now a beautiful growing tree
We purchased the Santa Rosa plum tree last May 2015 for a birthday and now one year later, the tree has lots of green leaves and branches. When the "tree" arrived it was just a single trunk and I was a bit disappointed and skeptical as to how soon we might have a tree. I'm happy to say that a year later the tree has grown at least 4 feet, has 10-12 branches and even had a few blossoms. Stark Bros. shipped according to schedule and always have reasonable prices. I love that they were founded in the 1800's. A true sign of success in business!
May 25, 2016
over 2 years ago
santa rosa plum
Good so far! Can't wait until we can get some fruit on it!
May 12, 2016
over 2 years ago
Santa Rosa Plum
This is only the second year for the tree, so there is no fruit yet, but the tree it's self is doing and looking very good. So far I'd give it a 10.
August 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
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