Mariposa Japanese Plum
One of the most gorgeous looking of any Japanese Plum, Mariposa, also known as Improved Satsuma, is an early season producer of gorgeous red skinned fruits with yellow blotches that look as if they’ve been coated in stardust. The flesh is shockingly red, intensely juicy, sweet and very aromatic. Excellent for fresh eating, made into jams or turned into a gorgeous pink Japanese plum wine.
Latin Name: Prunus hybrid
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, Nemaguard produces trees 10′-15′ in height or less.
Pollination Requirements: Requires another Japanese plum for cross pollination.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft. in height.
Taste: Sweet, juicy and very aromatic
Fruit Skin: Red with yellow blotches
Fruit Flesh: Red
Bloom Time: Late March
Ripening Time: August
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: 6-9