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Description

Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

The gold standard for prunes. This variety produces abundant crops of oval-shaped fruit with deep purple skin and sweet golden flesh. Tastes great when picked fresh or when dried or canned. Perfect for gardeners in the Northeast, Midwest, and upper South. Freestone. Developed in Geneva, New York in 1926. Ripens in early September. Self-pollinating. A licensed variety of Cornell University.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
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

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
Iowa State University Extension recommendation for Iowa.
KENNETH W on Sep 4, 2017
We had one in another state and the plums were delicious. The tree was a great producer for a small tree. The plums are very sweet and make great jelly too. I would recommend this plum tree. I do recommend treating it to prevent boars as a prevention as it gets older.
Jill M on May 13, 2017
Iowa State University Extension recommendation for Iowa.
KENNETH W on Sep 4, 2017
My husband grew up eating these plums and I wanted to surprise him with his very own tree for our anniversary.
Kimberly C on Jun 6, 2017
We had one in another state and the plums were delicious. The tree was a great producer for a small tree. The plums are very sweet and make great jelly too. I would recommend this plum tree. I do recommend treating it to prevent boars as a prevention as it gets older.
Jill M on May 13, 2017
My grandparent had two and we loved them. Plus we're Italian, enough said
ANTHONY D on Apr 23, 2017
Flavor and versatility.
Nadine P on Apr 20, 2017
old time favorite. My father always had these trees in his orchard when I was a kid, and I loved eating the plums right off the tree!
BRUCE H on Apr 6, 2017
Fresh eating and try preserving as prunes. Been waiting to be available again
mike r on Mar 9, 2017
I used to have it in my garden fort 7 years. It was the most beautiful and giving abundant crop for at least 5 years. I liked the size too. It never got any disease or infestation.
Olga C on Mar 2, 2017
only place I found that carried the prune plum and starks was highly recommended by a neighbor
Stephanie H on Feb 13, 2017
Particularly for the zone. I am in Zone 5A. Also, it seems to be a well known variety. We'll see how it goes.
Terri D on Feb 9, 2017
We had this Prune Plum for several years and it did well where we live. We are located about 13 miles north of St George, Utah. Wonderful plum to eat and to preserve.
Barbara N on Jan 23, 2017
I picked this item because I like the way that it looks, so pretty!
Casey K on Jan 17, 2017
I chose the Stanley Plum because I have a Damson and it needed a friend. They will compliment each other and give me the best of plum jam with the Damson and the best of prunes and canning with the Stanley. I ordered this the day I received and planted two Contender Peach trees from Stark.
keith h on Nov 16, 2016
Great classic easy to grow fruit, seen from childhood, where fruit cluttered the sidewalks in our town (Cleveland, Ohio)
Carl T on Nov 14, 2016
These plums are wonderful for pies
Victoria L on Nov 12, 2016
very easy to grow with marvelous sweet meaty plums- not watery, the best for jams and preserves/keeps shape
elizabeth s on Oct 17, 2016
This Plum makes the best jam!
DIANNE C on Oct 9, 2016
This is my favorite plum
BERTHA S on Oct 8, 2016
I grew-up with a plum tree in the backyard and loved it! I noted this one is labeled "easy to grow." The fruit trees I previously ordered from Stark are thriving.
Judith K on Sep 22, 2016
My late grandfather used to have a similar plum tree in his yard in New Britain, CT, and I hope to be able to grow these at my home in NE MA.
James G on Sep 7, 2016
We chose this particular kind of plum to dehydrate, to make our own prunes.
ARLENE S on May 6, 2016
Remember these easy and sweet to eat off the tree plums at my Grandpa's
JOHN L on May 5, 2016
Supposed to be good for my area, I love a dark plum
Gabrielle D on Mar 30, 2016
I have three other Stanley plum and love these fresh and love them canned.
Barbara S on Mar 30, 2016
I had one of these for 30 years, and loved the flavor ( and that it was freestone )
NANCY Z on Mar 22, 2016
Self pollinating and room for only one plum, liked write up in catalog
Geoffrey C on Mar 15, 2016
I was looking for plum same as I had in Ukraine.
Inna S on Mar 9, 2016
It was recommended by Stark Bros. That alone is enough for me. I have 5 apple and peach trees along with assorted berries and grapes that I purchased from their catalogs and have had only one problem with one peach tree. It was replaced free, with no hassle and is doing well, no questions asked. They are a company I have come to trust and rely on!
Bill, C.G. Illinois
William C on Mar 7, 2016
This is the heaviest bearing plum that I know of
JADA U on Mar 5, 2016
love this fruit and you can't find in a store so have to grow your own
Beverly L on Mar 2, 2016
Variety's reputation. My neighbor has them and they are excellent producers and beautiful trees.
jospeh s on Feb 23, 2016
My husband grew up eating these plums and I wanted to surprise him with his very own tree for our anniversary.
Kimberly C on Jun 6, 2017
My grandparent had two and we loved them. Plus we're Italian, enough said
ANTHONY D on Apr 23, 2017
We have problems with late frost. Would this tree be a good choice for our area?
William A on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: European plums are typically late bloomers. We get frost as late as mid-April (typically) and sometimes as late as May. While the trees I planted two years ago haven't started blooming yet my neighbor's damson typically does well.
My Stanley plum sets fruit beautifully but they will not ripen on the tree. They stay hard and basically inedible. This year it's loaded with fruit so much I did then it but I'm afraid they will not ripen like last year! Suggestions?! Thanks in advance!
Laurie F on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Are you sure it is not ripening ? Does the fruit actually stay a small green fruit on the tree? I know from my own experience that just about any other bird or animal wants to eat your plums as much as you do, and as soon as the fruit is even close to ripe, some creature is trying to eat it before you get to it! Never fear, in a few years you will have so many plums there will be plenty for all! I grew up with these plums and recently planted my own in central New Hampshire and the last two crops have been amazing. They should just fall off the tree once ripe.
If this is not the case I would guess they are not getting enough water and are falling off the tree unripe, or you have a soil deficiency--maybe have your soil tested through your local extension service and tell them what you are trying to grow. Sometimes something as simple as adding lime to raise or lower the pH will allow your plant to be able to access the nutrients it needs which may already be present in your soil in great enough quantities. Hope that helps!
Our Stanley plum finally bloomed the 5th year. Large beautiful fruit will be ready in a month or less. In the last three days almost all the leaves are yellowed and drooping. Looks like it maybe insect damage! What do I do this late in the season?
Shawn on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't honestly know how I could answer without more information. Why do you think it's insect damage? Where are you located? What about rainfall... could it be heat or water stress? Mine has/is doing well, but it is getting regular watering and has a good layer of mulch all over the area. We had very little rain in July and at least two weeks of temps in upper 90 to 101 range.

I would think that insect damage would show itself very clearly. Also most diseases would take more than 3 days to show symptoms that severe. Try doing a search for "diseases of Plums" and see what comes up... especially look for pictures of disease, insect damage and weather/low water stress.
why are the green and immature plums falling -- more fruit has fallen off (inedible)?
Heather M on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Heather- Fruit trees produce more blossoms then they need to improve their chances of making fruit (seeds) during adverse weather conditions like spring frosts. If nothing kills the blossoms the trees are often left with more fruits than it can grow and remain healthy. When this happens often a tree will abort some of its fruits so that it can focus it's energy into producing successful fruits.

A good fruit tree grower will thin their fruit load each year to assist the tree's efforts. Stone fruits, like the Stanley Prune/Plum, should be thinned to one fruit every 6-10 inches. It is important to remember a tree only needs about 7-8% of its blossoms to produce a full fruit load.
If Stanley PrunePlums are picked a little early will they continue to ripen after they are picked?
Larry J on Aug 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It probably depends on the ripeness of the prune. When I walked through my folk's orchard as a kid, I would search for one that was a bit soft. It was considered ready to pick. The taste test revealed sugar content. Prunes do ripen after being picked but I like them on the greener side rather than soft. So my answer would be taste one or two. If they are sweet and not sour, they are probably ready to pick. In the packing sheds we packed "green" prunes for shipping.
Is the Stanley prune-plum resistant to Black Knot disease?
Helen on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I just planted my plum tree last spring and I haven't seen any disease issues. It is doing well
Is th3re any difference between this, Stanley plum and so called Italian prune plum? Thanks.
Dino B on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Both are European plums. I read online that "European plums will grow where it's neither too cold nor too hot. The fruits are high quality and very uniform. 'Stanley' is a versatile European plum that is widely adapted and particularly well suited to the eastern regions and some of the Northwest. It's self-fertile and very productive. A medium to large freestone plum, 'Stanley' is excellent for eating fresh, cooking, or canning. Italian plums are similar to 'Stanley'. These large, freestone purple plums are very sweet, perfect for drying, eating fresh, or canning. 'Seneca' is a high-quality European plum that looks promising for the home gardener. It matures about one week before 'Stanley'. The fruit is large, oblong, and purple, with good flavor for eating fresh.European plums will grow where it's neither too cold nor too hot. The fruits are high quality and very uniform. 'Stanley' is a versatile European plum that is widely adapted and particularly well suited to the eastern regions and some of the Northwest. It's self-fertile and very productive. A medium to large freestone plum, 'Stanley' is excellent for eating fresh, cooking, or canning. Italian plums are similar to 'Stanley'. These large, freestone purple plums are very sweet, perfect for drying, eating fresh, or canning. 'Seneca' is a high-quality European plum that looks promising for the home gardener. It matures about one week before 'Stanley'. The fruit is large, oblong, and purple, with good flavor for eating fresh."
I have tried to plant peach tree and the deer ate it? How can I protect my plum tree?
Basket of fruit on Mar 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in Central Nebraska next to the Loup river which means we have a thriving deer population. I have thirteen trees in my 5 year old acreage orchard. I have managed to protect the trees from deer damage by driving 6 - 5' long "tee posts" in a circle around each tree. These post extend to the drip line of the tree. I have had to expand the post out further as the trees grow. I have 5' tall wire fencing attached to the posts. I was fortunate to salvage my wire from the local landfill. These trees have not been bothered by the deer. I did loose some apples from deer leaning against the fence to reach the fruit, hence I keep moving the fence out to the drip line. Other trees on the property without the wire have been destroyed by the deer. This damage occurs during the rut in the fall when they scrape and rub the tree trunk bare which kills the tree. Hope this helps.
Is the Stanley prune/plum related to the Shropshire Damson?
Lisa D on Apr 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Stanley is a European-type plum, great for fresh-eating and drying, only slightly related to the subspecies that damson plums are, which are noted for their sugar content and astringent (or "puckery") taste and are best used in cooking and jams or other preserves.
is the Stanley easy to mechanically pit?
Patrick C on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. It's neither more difficult nor easier than any other prune plum - so if you have a mechanical pitter, it should be about the same amount of effort as pitting cherries.

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Stanley PrunePlum
love Stanley PrunePlum . My trees would be loaded to the point that they bent to the ground, but didn't break. The fruit looked just like the pictures in your catalog, large ,with a deep purple blue hue. And they are freestone, easy to process and delicious. what I didn't eat off the tree I made jam and canned the rest like you do peaches. its a good all purpose plum, you can't go wrong.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Stanley PrunePlum
This is the third location we've had the Stanley PrunePlum. If it does as well here as it did in the other two locations, We will be thrilled. Peach tree borers love these trees and must be controlled, If this is done, the trees are nice looking, bear fruit the second year and never miss a crop. Flavor was marvelous and the fruit looked better the produce in our local grocery stores.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Stark Bros. are REAL PROS
We ordered a prune plum tree from Stark Bros. this past fall. They sent a 4 foot tall specimen that I am certain will "take" and grow great. It was pruned perfectly, had nice roots covered in damp wood shavings and appeared to have full vigor. I would recommend Stark Bros. to anyone and will likely order more of these trees and others to grow and live with for many years!

Way to go folks!
February 26, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Delicious fresh and canned!
The tree bears large crops of good sized plums each year and is a vigorous grower. The fruit keeps well in the frig for eating fresh
March 17, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Stanley prune-plum
My tree has been planted here for the second year. This year it had a few blossoms and is looking so healthy!! I love Stark nursery! I had ordered a cherry tree also last year from them. For what-ever reason it died and without question Stark refunded my money as it was out of stock. How much better could a nursery be??
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great tree
The tree survived our harsh winter with no problems and is growing well. Even produced some blooms.
May 22, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great value, great tree
We've had our Stanley Plum tree for several years, bought it at Stark Bros. It produced about a hundred pounds of plums this year. We sold a box, froze for winter fruit crisps, and dried many pounds. Still have more than we can use.

Thank you for your great trees! This is an outstanding performer.
October 1, 2016
nice tree
my Stanley pruneplum was pruned to knee high and is planting in the same hole with another plum so I'm expecting slower growths than it should be which is what I intended to be. I have a small backyard and trying to fit as many fruit trees that I like to have as I can. It's growing nicely. No fruit this year, but very healthy. I got supreme size but I think it was not necessary because prune is a vigorous tree. but it's nice to have a strong tree. worth the purchase.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Quality Tree
I bought this late in the season, and had no problems transplanting it. This season it has started out going gangbusters.
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
most vigorous grower in my orchard
This tree doubled in height in its first year in the ground! I have 20 different varieties of fruit trees in my orchard and this is the growth champ. I lost my old Stanley Plum a few years back and it had been a great producer. I hope for the same from this not so little guy.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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