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A plum tree for northern gardens. This robust tree produces abundant crops of fire-red fruit with sweet, juicy, yellow flesh. Dessert plums like these are ideal for eating fresh off the tree. Originates from University of Minnesota in 1933. Cold-hardy. Clingstone. Ripens in July. Best pollinator: Bubblegum Plum®. (Prunus americana x Prunus salicina)


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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, Fine Texture
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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 requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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
My husband loves plums and this one goes great with the Bubblegum plum which I think my grandchildren will love
NANCY S on Feb 9, 2017
My husband loves plums and this one goes great with the Bubblegum plum which I think my grandchildren will love
NANCY S on Feb 9, 2017
What other varieties would be good pollinators for the Superior plum?
Mark R on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bubblegum?? plum is ideal (as it is another American hybrid plum variety, Toka cv.), but other hybrid plum varieties like Pipestone, Waneta, and Alderman will also work. I've heard that Shiro, Methley, and Santa Rosa may work, but I wouldn't recommend these over the rest.

Customer Reviews

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Tons of Plums
Last year our very young tree gave us a few of the sweetest, most delicious plums we ever had. This year, even after "the drop", it still has nearly 100 fruit; and I need to be selective about which to allow to nature and which ones to cull. It's a great problem to have.
May 14, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great plum for general purposes
Planted the Superior Plum 2 years ago and had a bumper crop of plums last year. Made jam and wine worked well for both.
May 14, 2016
over 3 years ago
Superior Plum
Produced 3 Plums it's first year and they tasted Great!!!
May 5, 2016
over 3 years ago
so far so good!
This is only its second year so I haven't had any fruit from it yet. However, it was shipped well and it overwintered well. It bloomed this year at the same time as the bubblegum plum so I have high hopes!
May 21, 2016
over 3 years ago
Plum good in Alaska
It thrived in planting year one. Awoke two weeks ago during early spring. Moose ate the top out. Hung Irish Spring Soap on all trees. Moose gone. Of course the two brown bears chasing it may have something to do with that!
May 12, 2016
over 2 years ago
Superior Plum
all three trees bloomed this year and are doing well. I will continue to use Stark Bros for high quality stock.
May 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Superior Plum
tree has a spindly branching habit concerned about fruit production and sturdiness of the supporting branches
September 12, 2016
over 2 years ago
Superior plum tree
I received the tree as a bare root plant. I planted it as soon as weather allowed. It has been growing, sprouting leaves and flowering ever since. I am very happy with it and would highly recommend it to others.
May 4, 2017
over 2 years ago
Growing well despite frosts
Happy with the growth of this plum tree. Had early frosts last Fall and late frosts this Spring. The online pruning guide that Starks provides also helped.
May 15, 2017
1 year ago
Somewhat of a tuff time but my fault. Did not pay much attention to it for awhile. Doing well now. May have put it in to low a spot in my yard.
May 17, 2017
over 2 years ago