Deciduous – Sheds Its Leaves Annually
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Hardy – Can Handle frost without damage.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Pruning Required – Needs to be Pruned.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
Plums and prunes
|Uses in landscape design|
These make lovely shade trees and are very easy to grow.
Space trees 5m apart.
Prune only when young to shape trees. Water well every three weeks in summer during dry weather.
Pick fruit when it is ripe and tastes ready to be eaten. Some varieties ripen after picking.
|Common pests and diseases|
Fruit fly; occasionally pear slug.
‘Santa Rosa’, dark red fruit, ripens December; ‘Satsuma’, dark purple-red fruit, ripens January; ‘Sungold’, yellow flesh with orange-red skin, ripens February.
- Botanical name: Prunus domestica
- Common name(s): Plums and prunes
- Categories: Fruits and Vegetables, Trees
These make lovely shade trees and are very easy to grow. There are two types: the European plum, suitable only for areas with very cold winters; and the Japanese varieties, which are more adaptable and bear well in areas with milder winters. Prunes are similar, but need very cold winters to bear well. There is only one self-fertile plum variety, ‘Santa Rosa’; all the others need two varieties for cross-pollination. ‘Santa Rosa’ can be used as a cross-pollinator for other varieties.
Synonym: Prunus insititia
Botanical Pronunciation: PROO-nus doh-MESS-tik-a
Prunus domestica requirements and featuresinfo on these icons
Requires moderate maintenance.