Fruiting Plum Trees - Size Ranges From 3-5 feet in height
Plum Trees for Beauty and Purpose
Fruit trees are a great addition to any yard. Plum trees, in particular, provide homeowners with exceptional beauty and productivity throughout the year. They are a reliable tree that produces a healthy harvest.
Each variety develops its specific fruit. The fruits have a different color from another and a flavor that is distinct to that particular type. They can often be eaten fresh or used for processing.
The Santa Rosa produces sweet large red fruits with a golden flesh. They can be eaten fresh, canned, or cooked depending on the need. The tree is easy to grow and is heat-tolerant. It produces white blooms in the spring and is a self-pollinating variety. The Santa Rosa ripens for harvest in mid-July. It requires full sun and loamy well-drained soil. The zone range of the Santa Rosa is 5-9, and it takes 3-6 years to bear fruit.
The Mirabell or Mirabelle plum tree is unique in the fact that it originated near the Germany France border. The trees are very prolific and are an heirloom plant. The small fruit is yellow, smooth, sweet, juicy, and round. The USDA Zones are 5-9 and take 2-5 years to bear fruit. The size of a mature tree ranges from 12 to 16 feet.
The Blue Damsel or Blue Damson is an excellent choice for smaller yards. There are several different varieties including the dwarf, which grows to around 10’. They do well in Hardiness Zones 5-7 and have a medium growth rate. It does need at least 6 hours of full sun a day. The soil needs to be mildly acidic with a mild alkaline rating. They grow well in moist soil but need good drainage. The fruit is small purple or dark blue with a yellow firm flesh. They make for a great canning fruit. No thinning is required to keep its oval shape.
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