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Stark® Beach Plum

Available Spring 2018

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Description

Grow small, tasty plums prized for jams and jellies. An asset to your landscape — fragrant white flowers in spring attract birds, bees, and butterflies. 3/4-inch fruit may vary from purplish-black to red when ripe. Natural bush-form can be pruned into a tree form if desired — simply remove low limbs and suckers to encourage singular trunk development. Keep pruned at a manageable size for easy harvest. Tolerant of poor soils. Beach plums, a North American native species, were first described circa late 1700s. Cold-hardy. Freestone. Ripens in late August. Seedling. Plant two or more for proper pollination and larger crops. (Prunus maritima)

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Small
Ripens/Harvest Late August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet Yet Tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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.

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I want a low hedge with edibles
Guy K on May 9, 2017
I'm hoping this is the plum tree that I used to pick plums off of along the creek when I was a child
LOIS B on Feb 10, 2017
I want a low hedge with edibles
Guy K on May 9, 2017
beach plum jam is wonderful
Chris H on Mar 14, 2017
I'm hoping this is the plum tree that I used to pick plums off of along the creek when I was a child
LOIS B on Feb 10, 2017
I like plums and i like to use the yard for producing a crop that can be enjoyed by the family, the horses can enjoy the grass but i like the fruit
TIM M on Jun 12, 2016
It reminds me of the wild plums of my childhood.
Eileen G on Jun 9, 2016
I already own one and need another for pollination.
Lorraine S on Jun 3, 2016
I chose this for cooking and Jam.
Toni R on Apr 20, 2016
I know the beach plum grows as a native in my area. I'm hoping to have an easy to grow casual hedge that will provide flower for pollinators and fruit for me and the birds with little effort on my part.
Kathleen H on Mar 29, 2016
I love Beach Plums from my days in N. H. and I thought I would like to see if they could grow in my sandy soil with a misting micro climate.
Betti B on Mar 10, 2016
sandy soil tolerant of poor soils
Heidi P on Mar 9, 2016
I needed a pollinator for the Superior Plum.
Thomas P on Feb 23, 2016
beach plum jam is wonderful
Chris H on Mar 14, 2017
I like plums and i like to use the yard for producing a crop that can be enjoyed by the family, the horses can enjoy the grass but i like the fruit
TIM M on Jun 12, 2016
Will beach plums pollinate with Japanese or other varieties of plum tree?
Wendy W on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have asked this same question of several professional sources, and the only response I received was that they may cross-pollinate if they bloom at the same time. Because of this, I wouldn't depend solely on the beach plum as a pollinator for your other types of plum.
This says "Tolerant of poor soils." Does that mean poorly drained? After a lot of rain, my planting site stays soggy for a while. Would this be a good choice? It says "well drained" too though.
Karen B on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you have clay soil, that is soil with poor drainage. In this instance, "poor soil" means soil that is lacking humus, nutrients, tilth and/or sufficient microorganisms for healthy growth. All fruit trees need good drainage, which can be improved to some degree with soil amendments, and also by planting higher than ground level and creating a mound of soil up to the crown, then mulching.

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Hanging in there!
We thought we had lost these but have bounced back. Leafing out nicely.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Stark Beach Plum
We planted ours a couple of years ago in a sandy, dry area, near the road. They are now about a foot and a half feet tall---and have managed quite well--even in this droughty year.
We are looking forward to the blossoms---and someday---FRUIT!
August 15, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Beach plum
Such a beautiful tree. The shipping was well pack and tree was healthy. It's flower but has not fruited. So I can't wait for the fruit. It's not fuzzy and growth is not aggressive. Just make sure to put sand in it's surrounding.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
growth immediate in spring
Received in the fall and this spring it started to take off. It's now Sept. and do not expect fruit but pleased with the growth so far.
September 4, 2016
Thought I would give the Beach Plum a try. I live in northeast Pennsylvania and planted two of these in 2015. Unfortunately, both plants died before their first winter so I don't know if they would have made it thru one of our winters. The size of the plants, small, may have been a contributing factor.
May 8, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Stark Beach Plums
Anyone who lives on the MA coast knows that beach plums are worth their weight in gold, making one of the world's most prized jellies. Unfortunately the wild bushes often grow amidst thickets of poison ivy. I ordered 4 plants from Stark Bros, and they arrived bigger than I expected, with a good root system, and in very good condition. They broke dormancy quickly after planting, and put on good growth the first season, although it was a very dry summer. I'm VERY pleased both with the plants and with the customer service team at Starks! Thumbs up, guys - I'll be back!
May 15, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Beach Plum Bliss
The beach plums arrived well packaged and in good condition. I have always known beach plums to thrive in poor soil but they did not take well to the heavy clay soil I have. It didn't help that one got run over by my grass cutting guy. It came back the next season and is hanging in there. When I looked locally for beach plums in VA one nursery north of DC has them but they are $34. I planted 2 beach plums from Stark Bro's in my last house in PA and they grew very quickly in the builders soil.
May 10, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Tough, hardy little tree.
I've only had this for a couple of years, and it hasn't gotten old enough to produce yet, but the tree is growing well. I live in the sandhills of northwest Florida, so plants have to be hardy to survive in this soil.
August 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
So far so good
We put in two beach plums last spring and so far they've come back strong after a mild winter. We live in the foothills of NC. They've grown very quickly, and haven't been picky about the soil here. We have red clay here, so we planted the beach plums in raised beds about 4" deep mixed with compost. Can't wait 'til they're producing!
May 9, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
They survived the first winter here in Oregon at 4400' elevation. One looked like it wasn't going to come back after winter but did about a month later than the first.
July 9, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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