Italian Plum Tree
A sweet, dark purple, freestone Plum with firm, amber flesh, the Italian Plum Tree is great for fresh eating and excellent for drying. Widely planted in the Northwest, this European variety is productive, reliable and easy to grow. The Italian Plum Tree ripens in late August into September.
Latin Name: Prunus x domestica
Site and Soil: Plums like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: A semi-dwarf rootstock for Plums and other stone fruits, Marianna produces trees 10′-12′ in height or less.
Pollination Requirements: Italian is self-fertile. Plant with another European variety like Nichols Plum for the best crops.
Hardiness: Plums are hardy to minus 30°F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: August-September
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our plums are not bothered by pests. Bacterial Canker can occasionally damage trunks or branches. Symptoms of this disease are exudations of amber-colored sap. Spraying lime-sulfur or copper in the fall and early spring can help control Bacterial Canker.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2-12, 14-18
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not stated