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Superior Plum

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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
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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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.


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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Different from the ones I bought last year
BRUCE W on Mar 13, 2019
To pollinate Bubblegum Plum tree
Ashley B on Feb 22, 2019
Different from the ones I bought last year
BRUCE W on Mar 13, 2019
Every fruit tree we have purchased has done so well that we want to expand our little orchard.
Ellen S on Mar 1, 2019
To pollinate Bubblegum Plum tree
Ashley B on Feb 22, 2019
Recommended pollinator
Rhonda S on Feb 17, 2019
think it will be the best to cross pollinate with the bubblgum plum.
JOHN B on Feb 10, 2019
We chose this as a companion plant for the Bubblegum Plum
Anne G on Feb 9, 2019
I always wanted a plum tree.
Delbert L on Feb 9, 2019
Looks tasty, pollinates bubble gum plums
Jeremy W on Feb 7, 2019
This one is needed as a pollinator
Oscar H on Feb 1, 2019
Amazing Color
Don W on Jan 23, 2019
Love plums yum!
Shelly I on Nov 8, 2018
Picked a lot of plums at a small park in Bay City Oregon as a kid, and wanted some in Alaska as an adult, Thankz
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
cross pollinator for Bubblebum Plum
LINDA G on Aug 4, 2018
Hardiness Zone, there are not a lot of options for Zone 4 and depending on the year, we can see Zone 3 temperatures.
Tara R on May 4, 2018
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
Every fruit tree we have purchased has done so well that we want to expand our little orchard.
Ellen S on Mar 1, 2019
Recommended pollinator
Rhonda S on Feb 17, 2019
Is the Superior plum tree a European Plum Tree or a Japanese plum tree? I am wondering what the best method of pruning is.
10000 on Jul 2, 2018
What if I don???t have a pollinator tree? Will my superior plum tree still produce?
Micah A on Jun 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it will not; that is the purpose of a pollinator, to pollinate the flower in order to form the fruit. You will get flowers, but no fruit (unless your neighbor has a suitable pollinator in their yard).
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.
What is the chill hour requirement?
JJJJJ on Mar 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is a cold-hardy plum and requires at least 800 chill hours.
Will wild plum be a good pollinator or what will pollinate with wild plum?
Steve D on Feb 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Wild plums are a different species and will not pollinate a European plum. Wild plums are essentially self-fertile and don't need a pollinating partner, but a beach plum will give you more/larger fruit: //

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 5 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 5 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 4 years ago
Superior Plum
Produced 3 Plums it's first year and they tasted Great!!!
May 5, 2016
over 5 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 4 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 5 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 4 years ago
Superior Plum
tree has a spindly branching habit concerned about fruit production and sturdiness of the supporting branches
September 12, 2016
over 4 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
over 3 years ago
Superior Plum
Tree was healthy and vigorous and is growing big and strong.
July 9, 2018
over 3 years ago