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Santa Rosa Plum

Item #137634, Standard. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot.
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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 July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest 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
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 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 18 - 20' 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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have a yellow plum and purple plum tree in my orchard. The purple tree usually produces ONE OR TWO plums. I am going to cut it down and replace it.
DEFORD C on Oct 13, 2019
Derrell V on Jul 26, 2019
I have a yellow plum and purple plum tree in my orchard. The purple tree usually produces ONE OR TWO plums. I am going to cut it down and replace it.
DEFORD C on Oct 13, 2019
I sent it as a gift and wanted a fruit the whole family would enjoy. It???s good for their, self pollinating, and a beautiful flowering tree
Esther O on Oct 4, 2019
Derrell V on Jul 26, 2019
because they have been around for a long time and have a reputation of doing well and tasting delicious
NINA R on May 13, 2019
I have grown this type before and they were great.
Richard T on Apr 27, 2019
Santa Rosa is a tried and true plum, according to "Plant a Little Fruit Tree" author. I hope, dare I say, expect, that it will do well in my garden, dealing with the pruning and space that I have.
CATHERINE L H on Apr 18, 2019
I have some already, 100+ years old. Sweet plums.
Travis D on Apr 11, 2019
Local nurseries used to carry them, now they don't when I'm ready to buy. I've purchased a Black Arkansas Apple from Stark Bros. in the past , and tree still produces. Prices and products are reasonable.
Charlie B on Mar 21, 2019
best flavor
ISAIAS O on Mar 8, 2019
always bought these at the grocery store. thought it would be better if I grew my own.
sheryl b on Feb 13, 2019
We weren't going to replace the plum trees that died after 25+ years, but have come to realize we really don't like NOT having that juicy sweetness in the summertime. The Santa Rosa and the Alderman varieties complement each other so well I couldn't plant just one without the other.
Audree N on Feb 4, 2019
Love Plums! and it one of few for Zone 9
JEANETTE M on Jan 14, 2019
Looks good
Jovencio M on Dec 31, 2018
My favorite plum!
Judy J on Dec 7, 2018
It is self pollinating, grows where I live, and the dwarf size fits in the space available.
Brian K on Oct 22, 2018
Self pollinating
Charlotte J on Oct 18, 2018
Self Pollinating!
Lindsey N on Sep 1, 2018
Small yard and self-pollinating. Reviews helped me decide to go for it!
Danica F on Aug 14, 2018
I love the self pollination and I liked what it said about it. I have always trusted Stark Bros. and I guess I always will.
Billy C on Aug 1, 2018
I ordered this variety based on the reviews. It sounds like it is easy to grow, produces a fair amount of fruit, and doesn't need a pollinator. I anxiously await the arrival of my plum tree!
Jennifer G on Jul 16, 2018
On sale and I already have a stark bro's plum tree and it is doing very well!
Andrea M on Jun 15, 2018
Self pollinating and good reviews from over 40 customers. Works for my zone too, so that's always a plus.
Midwest on May 22, 2018
Smaller tree with good fruit. Wanted to fill in with a tree, but not too tall or wide.
Donna D on May 8, 2018
My grandma and aunts grew these when I was a girl. Their plum jelly is a childhood memory. The fruit is so good.
Ginger C on Apr 30, 2018
we love plum and it was priced right+ $9 shipping stark trees are the best!
george q on Apr 22, 2018
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
I sent it as a gift and wanted a fruit the whole family would enjoy. It???s good for their, self pollinating, and a beautiful flowering tree
Esther O on Oct 4, 2019
because they have been around for a long time and have a reputation of doing well and tasting delicious
NINA R on May 13, 2019
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
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
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!
What the difference between the dwarf and the standard tree?
Tony F on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A dwarf tree will grow to a height of 8-10'; a standard tree can grow as tall as 30'.
I bought one and planted it dormant over the winter. Spring came and it grew some leaves. About a week later, something ate the leaves off from it. Will it grow more and will it survive?
Jordan R on Apr 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If your tree is generally healthy and only the leaves are missing I wouldn't worry as the tree should put new ones out as it grows. deer are a common pest when it comes to missing leaves, buds and branches on your trees. if you can try to find a natural deterrent to keep them and other things like bugs from harassing your trees and other plants
Do you need another plum tree to have fruit ?
kevin on Jan 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine is still too young to produce, but I remember the catalog saying it was self-polinating and did NOT need another plum tree to have fruit. I've had very good luck with all Stark products.
When will the plum tree start growing plums?
Jaimie C on May 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 3-6 years to bear. Michael must be taking wonderful care of his tree. :-)
Is this a Japanese plum?
Marsha Y on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Marsha, Thank you for contacting us. The Santa Rosa Plums is indeed a Japanese Plum. The fruit is excellent for fresh-eating, cooking, and canning and this tree is easy to grow.
is the santa rosa plum a dwarf tree?
Jill J on Oct 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jill - At this time the Santa Rosa is out of stock of all sizes. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the proper ph for Santa rosa plumb?
Charles on May 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Japanese plums like a soil ph of 5.5 to 6.5.
What would be a good pollinator for my Santa Rosa plum?
Bill W on Apr 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Just about any other Japanese plum: Burbank, Alderman, Methley ... there are many.
can a self pollinating plum tree pollinate a non self pollinating plum tree?
Keith C on Mar 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon a couple of things. If they are both Japanese plums (or both European plums) and they bloom at the same time, yes.
why do my plums fall off the tree , wen still green?
Martin L on Mar 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. There are any number of reasons for fruit drop to occur. In this article, we discuss some of the factors that may cause fruit drop and some things you can do to prevent it.

I live in mid state Florida What month will this tree bear fruit ?
Butler on Oct 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: LIkely in mid-late June.
Is this a self pollinator?
Cynthia H on Aug 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
I have a santa rosa plum & would like to know if I can plant a shiro plum to pollinate one another ?
Paul J on May 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. THey make very good pollinating partners ... you'll get more/larger fruit from each tree.
I have Elephant Hearts and have read that Santa Rosa is a good pollinator. Is this accurate?
Hannah M on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is indeed. The two will cross-pollinate one another.
Do fruit trees rely on need for pollination?
Gayle R on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Many do, and many don't. Santa Rosa is self-pollinating, but all trees that are self-pollinating will produce more/bigger fruit if there is a different variety with a similar blooming time planted within 50;. This article will tell you more: ://
What varieties pollenate Santa Rosa?
Paul E on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Methley and Redheart are good choices for red plums; Shiro is an excellent yellow plum that will also work.
Can I plant dwarf tree in pot?
Eve M on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A dwarf tree will survive for a number of years in a pot as long as it is kept in a climate where the roots will not freeze during the winter months. The tree would require special pruning and repotting if survival of the tree is desired over a long period of time. Remember, it takes at least a few years before the tree will set fruit. Planting the tree in the ground is your best option.
I have 5 plum trees that I got from under my dads plum tree, they become solid white almost with blooms no fruit had 1 plum on tree last year one plum on different tree year before I live in 8b zone grand bay Alabama maybe not enough chill hrs. anything I can do?
JAMES G on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We're betting your dad's plum tree is a hybrid, and plum trees that are grown from the seeds/pits of a hybrid will not produce a tree that it is true to its parent ... you actually never know what you'll get. In this case, you got a tree that won't produce or a tree that requires a pollinator. It could also be a variety, as you say, that requires more chill hours. If you really want a good variety that will produce the kind of plums you want, you should just plant a grafted tree that's suitable for your zone. If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.
which pollinator would you recommend for santa rosa?
julie M on Mar 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Methley is our favorite pollinator for Santa Rosa. It does a fine job of pollinating and is also a wonderful plum in its own right.
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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
wonderful tree
lots of plums only after one year. would recommend this tree to everyone
May 17, 2016
over 4 years ago
Fast Growing Plum Tree
My first Santa Rosa Plum was a bare root dwarf tree I potted, and it has had extremely vigorous growth from day one on. I purchased it last spring and it continues to grow vigorously. It came as a 7/8 caliper tree. Due to its early success, I purchased two standard bare root Santa Rosa plums later in the summer. They were also potted and of a 5/8 caliper, but never developed any leaves. The replacements Stark sent for them this winter were of a smaller caliper but they have grown extremely vigorously like the dwarf has done. The dwarf actually had some blooms this year, but made no plums. I believe the two that never grew were damaged due to the summer heat in shipping last year. The rest have certainly been excellent. It's hot here now, and it hasn't slowed any growth on any of my Stark trees.

One more thing to know, I've had around eight trees that failed to grow with the best of care - out of some 50-60 Stark tree purchases. But, Stark has always performed with excellence in their replacement.

I also purchased some Stark Tree Pep, and can see the improvement in growth of other new Stark plants I've fed with it every ten days of this growing season. I'm pleased with the Stark Santa Rosa Plum trees and Tree Pep, and expect I may have plums from the dwarf tree next year.
May 23, 2019
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 4 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
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 4 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 4 years ago
santa rosa plum
Good so far! Can't wait until we can get some fruit on it!
May 12, 2016
over 4 years ago