Shiro Plum

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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.

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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
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 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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It can be pollinated by another variety of plum i selected for purchase.
LeTicia M on Apr 1, 2021
May be disease resistant
Rodger R on Mar 31, 2021
It can be pollinated by another variety of plum i selected for purchase.
LeTicia M on Apr 1, 2021
All you had left in plum trees
Sally M on Apr 1, 2021
May be disease resistant
Rodger R on Mar 31, 2021
Try something new.
Kenneth R on Mar 5, 2021
Mainly fruit quality, and as a pollinator for another Japanese plum
Huseyin D on Mar 5, 2021
Awesome sweet plum!
Guest G on Feb 25, 2021
I needed a cross-pollinator and i wanted to try a yellow plum
Floyd W on Jan 17, 2021
I know that it taste good and all my trees that I bought from you are always good.
NUSRETA B on Nov 28, 2020
Great review from YouTube gardener lead73
Mark B on May 14, 2020
Roberto P on May 13, 2020
I want to see if they make all the plums on the brushes as on picture..
Mary F on May 11, 2020
compatible zoning
Tuan C on Apr 12, 2020
I love this plum tree. We had one when I was a child and it was the best tasting plum we grew.
KATHRYN C on Apr 10, 2020
Had heard from someone that tasted them loved them!
Denise D on Apr 6, 2020
I had one before and loved it.
VICKI K on Apr 4, 2020
When I bought this farm it had a prolific old Shiro tree that was blown down; they were wonderful.
Robert P G on Apr 4, 2020
have had this tree at my last address lots of fruit
John n on Jan 13, 2020
Suits my zone. Memorial tree in honor of my mother. Happy memories of plum juice dripping on my parent's farm.
Amy R on Jan 11, 2020
I love yellow plums!
REBECCA D on Jan 10, 2020
Add variety to my home orchard
Brent S on Jan 9, 2020
Dennis J on Dec 21, 2019
I have one Shiro Plum tree and it is highly prolific but is also very old. I wanted more of these great tasting early plums.
Ronald M on Jun 5, 2019
I love plumbs and this is a novelty in terms of plumb varieties given the color. The reviews were good as well, so I figured I would try it.
KRISTIAN J on Jun 3, 2019
I love plums and have had great success in
the past with growing them
Angela S on May 25, 2019
To make umeshu
Michael N on May 18, 2019
My brother says they are great
martha W on May 8, 2019
As a child, a friend's grandfather had one of these trees, and I remember it as being the best-flavored plum of my life. Time to test out whether the memory stands the test of time!
RUSSELL P on May 6, 2019
My son loves yellow plums and I have been looking for a good while.... Thank you Lord I found one now:)
Vivian S on Apr 28, 2019
my old tree was a good producer for a lot of years
FRANK P on Apr 23, 2019
Family Favorite
Christopher S on Mar 9, 2019
Old Favorite Plum, hard to find this Yellow Plum. Stark Bro's has always sent me nice plants and backs up what they sell, wonderful guarantee!!!
CLIF L on Feb 8, 2019
looks inviting
FARROKH T on Feb 5, 2019
trying a few more plums, my others from Stark are tasty and prolific!!
JIM S on Feb 4, 2019
wanted to try this plum
TIM B on Jan 26, 2019
GARY B on Jan 25, 2019
Very unusual, we have tried it at the farmers market. It is very sweet. So excited to have this one in our collection.
NANNETTE M on Jan 19, 2019
Reliable and productive
ED M on Oct 31, 2018
My son-in-law said these are his favorite plums and I thought he would enjoy growing his own.
Kathleen J on Oct 18, 2018
To pollinate Starkling Delicious.
Maria P on Oct 15, 2018
My Grandmother had these when I was a kid. Great taste!
Breslyn T on Oct 10, 2017
My parents bought these from starks years ago, the shirro trees have been good money makers for our market business but they are old and we need to replace them our customers love the plums and the yellow plum jelly is also a great seller thanks
Anita A on Aug 6, 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
All you had left in plum trees
Sally M on Apr 1, 2021
Try something new.
Kenneth R on Mar 5, 2021
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.
Hi is that tree desires and pest resistant?
Andrey S on Dec 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I use a 10% Neem and water mixture twice a year on all my fruit trees. I also use Milky spore granules to combat Japanese Beetle grubs. The grown and newly hatched beetles did not appear to attack the Superior as much as other plums, but they did chew the leaves until I killed them with repeated sprayings of Pyrethrin Garden Insect Spray Concentrate during the active beetle weeks in June. This natural spray is only effective for a day, so it must be re-spayed whenever the beetles return - and it is very effective on this pest. Fruit flies are the major pests I see attacking the fruit, and Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew seems to be keeping them and others off of the plums. I only use natural pesticides.
can I summer prune this even as a standard to keep it at 8 feet or less?
kat d on Jan 5, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Pruning is necessary, however you should not prune off more than 25% of its growth each season to keep fruit production at its full potential.
Will yellow plum pollinate with other plum trees?
Ron P on Jul 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Shiro will pollinate most all other Japanese plum trees.
What does it taste like... sour, sweet, tart please?. Thanks.
Ed M on May 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Somewhat sour when green but rather sweet when ripe
Where did this tree originate from in 1899?
Shira U on Dec 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Shiro plum is a Luther Burbank creation, originating in 1899 in California.
How do I prevent my shiro plum fruit from having worms ?
Reda A on Mar 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: A proper and consistent spray schedule is important to the survival of your fruit tree. From diseases to pests, many potential issues can be prevented with spraying before they even begin! To reap its benefits, spraying should be done consistently.

Spray every 7 to 10 days or after rain with Bonide?? Citrus, Fruit & Nut Orchard Spray as a protective spray for fungal diseases. May be used up to day before harvest.

Natural Control
Serenade?? Garden Disease Control for leaf spot and powdery mildew.

When To Spray
Dormancy (late winter/early spring before bud break)
Bonide?? All Seasons?? Horticultural & Dormant Spray Oil for scale insects and mites.

Bonide?? Fung-onil??? Fungicide for leaf curl.
Bonide?? Fung-onil??? Fungicide for brown rot, shothole and scab.
Full Bloom
Bonide?? Captan Fruit & Ornamental for brown rot.
Growing Season
Bonide?? All Seasons?? Horticultural & Dormant Spray Oil for scale insects and mites.
At the First Sign of:
Bonide?? Captain Jack???s??? Deadbug Brew for borers, leafrollers, fruit flies, Japanese beetles and thrips (not for use on large trees).
Bonide?? Citrus, Fruit & Nut Orchard Spray for scale insects, plant bugs, aphids, brown rot, mites, powdery mildew, leafhoppers, thrips and blight.
GardenTech?? Sevin?? Concentrate Bug Killer for scale insects, leafrollers, aphids, mites and borers (not for use on large trees).
Bayer Advanced??? Complete Insect Killer for scale insects, plant bugs, leafrollers, aphids, green fruitworm, plum curculio, oriental fruit moth, mites, rose chafer, borers, Japanese beetle and leafhoppers (not for use on large trees).
What are the chill hours?
Larry342516 on Feb 24, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Requires 400-500 chill hours to set fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What root stock is used for this tree?
Tonia K on Feb 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I already have the Santa Rosa plum tree in my yard that was planted last Fall. I've actually got about 6 fruits on it this year. I really want the Shiro plum tree but my yard is small so I don't have space for another tree to pollinate with the Shiro. Will the Shiro still fruit with just the Santa Rosa?
Sichan H on Jul 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes the Santa Rosa plum will pollinate the Shiro plum.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will a Santa Rosa plum pollinate this?
Maryann k on May 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes the Santa Rosa plum will pollinate the Shiro plum.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is the dwarf variety of the Shiro appropriate to grown in a container, and how large?
Andrew on Apr 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine died last year.
Will the Shiro and the Bubble gum pollinate each other?
Cole G on May 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will. Two of the best plums around right now.
My shiro plum tree bears a lot of fruits, but they all fall off before getting ripe. What could cause it?
ksutine on Apr 1, 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.

Can you pollinate Shiro plum with Stanley Plum?
Bill F on Apr 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately not. Stanley is a European plum and Shiro is a Japanese variety.
What color do the leaves turn in fall?
Alex W on Feb 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The leaves turn yellow in fall.
Will Burgundy plum work as cross pollinator? I can't seem to find info on it. My burgundy is self-P...
Nelli K on Sep 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Burgundy is a Japanese plum so it should work well as a pollinator for Shiro.
Would like to plant Shiro and Plumcot . Will they pollinate each other?
go girl on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Shiro will pollinate the plumcot, but not the reverse. You will need another variety of Japanese plum to take care of that. The best pollinators are Redheart, Ozark Premier, Starking?? Delicious??? or Methley.
If I have a Shiro plum and I put in a Redheart as a pollinator will the Redheart also be pollinated by the Shiro Plum?
Wayne on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Indeed it will. They are a great pair and wonderful plums in their own right.
I have seen that a shiro plum tree can pollinate a Spring satin plumcot tree, but is the opposite true as well? Can a spring satin plumcot pollinate a shiro plum tree to produce fruit?
Jeffrey S on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are in the same pollination group.
Would a Stanley Prune-Plum also pollinate this tree?
LINDA L on Feb 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately not. European plums cannot cross pollinate with Japanese plums.
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.
Why am I having such a hard time finding Shiro Plum trees?
B B on Apr 8, 2021
is shiro plum in good pollinator for red beaut plum?
Rajesh S on Sep 9, 2020

Customer Reviews

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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 5 years ago
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 6 years ago
Shiro Plum
This tree grew double size since i bought last year. I really in love this tree.
May 20, 2016
over 6 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
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 6 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
Shiro Plum
I got this variety because I remember sitting in the neighbors yellow plum over 50 years ago, eating fresh, ripe plums. (With the neighbor's permission of course). The order arrived in good shape last spring. Seems to be growing well so far this spring. Looking forward to fruit next spring. Probably won't sit in the tree for a few years.
May 11, 2016
over 6 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 6 years ago