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The best of yellow plums. This variety beats all others in appearance and taste. Luminous yellow skin covers sweet, juicy flesh. A heavy bearer, Shiro grows clusters of plums all throughout the tree. Heat-tolerant. Clingstone. Introduced to America in 1899. Ripens in late July. Best pollinators: Redheart, Ozark Premier, Starking® Delicious™ or Methley.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Late 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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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.

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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have one of these at my other home. The fruit is delicious
Grace P on Apr 9, 2017
I have one already and am very happy with it. I have tried to purchase more before but they were not available at that time.
B R on Feb 4, 2017
I have one of these at my other home. The fruit is delicious
Grace P on Apr 9, 2017
We have grown Shiro plums before and they were superb.
Howard M on Mar 11, 2017
I have one already and am very happy with it. I have tried to purchase more before but they were not available at that time.
B R on Feb 4, 2017
This is my wifes favorite plum and the trees at Stark Bro's are fabulous...
Ralph D on Jan 19, 2017
Shiro Plums are one of the most prolific bearing varieties you can get. Their fruit is delicious and sweet. I planted a Shiro Plum in Santa Fe, NM two years ago and had the largest fruit from that tree (purchased from Stark,) that I had ever seen. I'm anticipating BIG things from my newest ordered tree for years to come. You can't beat Shiro Plums.
Dave B on Dec 27, 2016
Have one already and it is the best of the best!!!!
John H on Dec 24, 2016
Excellent for cross pollination and is a heavy producer
Kevin H on Nov 18, 2016
Flavor and hardiness compatibility.
MARLIL L on Oct 30, 2016
I had a Shiro plum tree at a former house, and the plums were deliciious!
Cat L on Sep 7, 2016
Because they grow real good in my zone and they taste sweet and delicious. They are easy to maintain and easy to train.
Gavin M on Aug 26, 2016
This is the most awesome plum I have ever eaten. My family and friends ask me every year if I have plums. Tart skin with a sugary sweet inside. This is also one of the hardiest plants I have ever grown.
SEDWYN C on May 18, 2016
I had one where we lived before, grew quickly, plums were fantastic.
Lucinda P on May 15, 2016
really good plum for eating or making plum wine.
Alfred G on Feb 24, 2016
We have grown Shiro plums before and they were superb.
Howard M on Mar 11, 2017
This is my wifes favorite plum and the trees at Stark Bro's are fabulous...
Ralph D on Jan 19, 2017
Can we eat Shiro Plum when it's not ripe yet?
Majeda A on Feb 26, 2017
My Shiro plant is not bearing fruit yet but I think it's like any other plum when it's not riped yet it's sour but I think the Shiro plum if you picked and the color is yellowish all over even though it's hard I think you can eat it for me I like to eat a little bit harder than softer but if you picked in green color I don't think you can eat it, it's very sour, all the plum when it's not ripe the color is green and it changed to a different color when it is getting ripe my advise is picked when the color of the skin totally changed in one color even it's hard you can eat it, it maybe a little bit sour. When it's getting softer it's very sweet. I hope you can make your decision. Good luck.
from planting how many years to fruit bearing that can be eaten?
SHERWOOD S on Jul 8, 2017
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 fruit.
My plum tree produced lots of fruit for the first time this year in April and now the leaves are dying and I have no idea why I live in coastal area of South Carolina and it's only June 20th but I don't recall it ever shedding leaves this early I have been growing this tree about 5 years What could possibly be the reason?
Leigh on Jun 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the leaves are dry and crumbly, the tree may be getting scorched by heat and/or not getting enough water. It could also be from too much nitrogen fertilizer. Yellowed leaves could be a nutrient imbalance or too much water/poorly drained soil. If the leaves have holes in them, it could be a pest or fungus that is causing it.

Customer Reviews

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great plum tree
my 2nd Shiro plum. Best tasting plums. Grows great! i have lots of clay soil and it still grows good.
May 21, 2016
over 2 years ago
Shiro Plum The Best!
I bought one of these trees years ago. What a surprise. This tree is so hardy and will grow in poor soil. The fruit is super sweet and the skin is tart. Best plum I have ever eaten. My family and friends ask for them every year. I bought a second one for another orchard.
June 1, 2016
over 2 years ago
Shiro Plum
This tree grew double size since i bought last year. I really in love this tree.
May 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
Beautiful tree
I purchased a Shiro plum from Stark Bros last Spring to plant on my hill of fruit trees as a pollinator to another type of plum tree. It came in the mail in great condition. Once planted, it began to leaf out within days, and grew approximately 12 inches in height the first summer. I just checked on it again, hoping it had made it through the winter alright, and it is thriving - loaded with fat, green buds. I think this is going to be a great plum tree! I've ordered fruit trees online elsewhere, and this is the ONLY place I will shop from now on. Excellent quality! Five stars.
March 24, 2016
One of the sweetest plums you'll find, but...
I love this tree I have 5 of them. I have a lot of different plums,apples,nectarines,trees etc. but find the Shiro's are not the easiest trees to grow. Sure they grow just fine except require a good amount of training as tree develops into the shape your looking for. I'm guessing it has to do with whatever rootstock is being used as it wants to branch out here and there but fairly disorganized. I had to prune and support and prune and tie down to get a nice shape, if your willing to do this you'll have a good looking tree. If you want a plum tree you can put in the ground and walk away from...this is not for you. A great tree and very tasty but requires a significant amount of training in the first 5 years.
August 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Delicious small plums!
Highly recommend as a delicious plum that is a heavy bearer. Attractive yellow color in contrast to the green and purple ones on the table. Everyone in our family enjoys these.
August 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
Growing well
I purchased the Shiro Plum as well as another variety late last spring. They were both the smallest size Stark sells but they leafed out soon after planting last year and have leafed out beautifully again this spring. I'm sure I'm still several years from the time the trees will be mature enough to fruit but I'm looking forward to that time.
June 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
Shiro plum tree
In ref. to the Shiro plum, I've been unfortunate with its survival. Stark Bros has shown "five star" treatment by replacing the ones they've been aware of. However, I now believe that the tree's quality is not the problem. The soil in my yard is a rich (clay-like) soil, which is not conducive to the healthy growth of the tree (much to my dismay I love yellow plums). Thank you for your concern and request for my comments. I would recommend this company to anyone.
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
The tree arrived very healthy and is doing very well.
May 12, 2016
over 3 years ago
Love my shiro
The Shiro plum trees produce loads of unbelieveable sweet fruit. My friend infuses the fruit with volka and places them in the freezer for about an hour. The result is wonderful. Heavy producer, great fruit
May 24, 2016
over 2 years ago
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