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Superior Plum TreePrunus americana x Prunus salicina 'Superior'

  • Superior Plum Tree

    Superior Plums are a cross of Japanese and American plums.

  • Superior Plum Tree

    This hardy clingstone plum ripens in late summer.

  • Superior Plum Tree

    Plums can be eaten straight off the tree or can be used in desserts and jellies.

  • Superior Plum Tree

    Plums flower in spring, filling the tree with white blossoms.

  • Superior Plum Tree

    Superior Plum Tree

  • Superior Plum Tree

    5 gallon 6-7 foot Superior plum trees in our nursery in spring.

  • Superior Plum Tree
  • Superior Plum Tree
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  • Superior Plum Tree
  • Superior Plum Tree

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Superior Plum TreePrunus americana x Prunus salicina 'Superior'

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The Plum Tree that is truly Superior

Here's why:

  • Sweet and juicy Plums
  • Lush green
  • Highly productive with reliable harvests
  • Hardy species with excellent cold tolerance down to -20F

Don't settle for less when you can have a Superior Plum Tree

Now comes a plum so superior to other varieties that choosing its commercial name was easy. Introducing the Superior Plum Tree. The incredible spring blooms are only outdone in color by the eye-popping, cherry-red plums that weigh down the branches in their large numbers.

A cross between a Japanese and American variety plum, the Superior was bred to produce top quality fruit in a hardy tree that can stand up well to the coldest winter chills. Despite its tolerance to bitter temperatures, the Superior looks right at home in the spring, producing lovely, ornamental blooms throughout the tree. Like the name says, the fruit, color and strength are all Superior.

Superior Defines Juicy

Aside from the trees numerous attributes, it's the fruit that will win you over. Substantially sized, flawlessly symmetrical and finished off with the perfect color, the Superior Plum is a visually outstanding specimen of a fruit. As they ripen, they look as though they're bursting with juice and flavor. And they are. This is an excellent dessert plum. Slice and cover ice creams, mix into refreshing fruit salads or just grab one and enjoy it right off the tree. The taste is quintessential plum from a tree that lives up to its name.

When you want the best, you want Superior. Order yours today.

Planting & Care

The Superior Plum Tree produces a dark, red skinned fruit with a super-sweet yellow flesh that is full-bodied and juicy. This full sun loving plum is ideal for eating right off the tree and excellent for jam, jellies and desserts. A consistent, heavy bearer, with an abundance of crops which should be pruned in early summer and will be ready for picking in late August. The Superior plum tree will reach heights/widths of 18-20 feet when it fully matures.

Choosing a location: All plum trees need a full sun exposure so be sure to pick a bright spot for the tree’s new home. Well draining, sandy soil is highly recommended with a pH range from 5.5 to 6.5 (which can be easily determined with an inexpensive soil testing kit from your local nursery/big box store). If possible, plant the tree in a South or West location to cut back on the wind which in turn will assist the tree in setting fruit.

Planting directions: Some varieties of plums will require a cross pollinator to produce fruit. Be sure to keep your trees within 20-25 feet of one another for the best pollination which will result in the best fruit yield.

1) Prepare your hole by digging it three times as wide as the root ball and just as deeply.
2) Gently comb the root ball freeing up any compacted roots and position the tree.
3) Back fill the hole partially, pressing down gently as you go along and water to settle the soil.
4) Once the hole has been completely filled, add a layer of organic mulch around the tree to help conserve water. Do not let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree as this can cause rot and fungus.

Watering: Water your tree generously every week, twice a week for the first growing season to help promote the growth. Deep waterings encourage the roots to extend more deeply into the soil which in turn makes the tree more drought resistant. For young trees, a deep watering with a little over two gallons of water works well whereas adult trees will require around 8 gallons for each watering. If the edges of the tree’s leaves appear to be turning brown or wilting then the tree is not receiving enough water. The bark at the base of the trunk will change from a light brown to dark brown (or black-ish) color if it’s receiving too much water.

Pruning: Give your tree a full year to get situated in its new home before attempting to prune. Young plum trees are typically pruned in the late winter to early spring seasons before buds begin to break. This will cut back on the possibility of “silver leaf disease” attacking the tree. More established plum trees will benefit from a midsummer pruning. Pruning isn’t very difficult but a necessity to “cut back” on broken limbs from heavy fruit production. Take off about 20% of the previous year’s growth with cuts at a 45 degree angle. Use a sterilized cutting tool, leaving the upright, vigorous branches plenty of space for light to penetrate. Rubbing alcohol works to sterilize any tool(s) needed for pruning.

Fertilizing: There are a couple of steps for proper fertilizing of your plum tree to ensure a healthy growing season. Young trees that are three years or younger will benefit from about a ½ cup of a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer formula applied once around mid-April and again in early June. More established plum trees will require one annual application of the same balanced formula mid-April. Use 8 ounces for every year of the tree’s age. Fertilizer can burn the roots of younger trees, so instead of taking the chance with chemicals, improve your soil’s fertility by amending compost into it.

Plum trees that are fertilized properly should grow about 1 foot to 18 inches per year. Symptoms of over fertilizing can include leaf scorching and excessive growth. If you’re noticing these issues then reduce the amount of fertilizer for the following year. Always be sure to water DEEPLY after every fertilizer application and avoid fertilizer getting too close to the trunk.

Harvesting: The best tasting plums are left on the tree to fully ripen before picking. Apply gentle pressure with your fingers to determine ripeness. Soft skin on the fruit means it’s ready to be picked. They should easily come off of the tree when ripened using a slight twist. Plums are best stored in the fridge as they unfortunately do not store for too long. If kept in the fridge they may last a bit longer, closer to around 2-4 weeks.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

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Product Details

Mature Height: 18-20 ft.
Mature Width: 18-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Fast
Harvest Time: August
Year to Bear: Can Fruit the 1st year!
Botanical Name: Prunus americana x Prunus salicina 'Superior'
Does Not Ship To: AR,AZ,CA,ID,LA,WA,OR
Grows Well In Zones: 4-8 outdoors
Your Growing Zone: #
4-8 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 4-8 outdoors

(hardy down to -20℉)

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