About The Santa Rosa Plum Tree

A favorite of home gardeners and farmers’ markets, the Santa Rosa plum, was introduced in 1906 by famed horticulturalist, Luther Burbank, out of his home in Santa Rosa, California.

It is known for its sweet, slightly tart taste, and deep purple red color. This variety typically takes less years to begin bearing fruit than other plums. Commercial fruit production of the Santa Rosa plum is rare.

This Japanese plum variety makes a stunning ornamental tree with its showy, pinkish white blossoms in the spring.

Using the Fruit

A single tree can produce an abundance of fruit. Home gardeners and homesteaders will enjoy eating the plums fresh or cooking with them. For preservation, plums can be canned, made into jam, or dehydrated into prunes.

The skin of the plum is thin, and its yellow flesh clings tightly to the pit. Plums are good sources of fiber and high in vitamins A, C, and K. Due to its dark red coloring, the Santa Rosa plum is high in the antioxidants known as anthocyanins.

Growing Santa Rosa Plum Trees

These fruit trees need full sun and, in the winter, require 500 chill hours, so be sure to check the USDA hardiness zones to see if it is a good choice for your area.

It is self-pollinating, but cross pollinating with other Japanese varieties will result in greater yield.

Buy a Santa Rosa plum tree and enjoy this beautiful plant and its delicious fruit!

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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

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.

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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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. Plant one of these varieties within 100' for best results.

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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