Fruit Trees

6 Best Plum Trees To Grow In North Carolina

It should be noted that plum trees do very well in heat, while most fruit trees prefer cooler temperatures. When it receives a warmer winter and spring, this tree will produce more plums early in the summer when it receives early summer fruits.

It is said that plums are very hardy plants. The best plum trees to grow in North Carolina are not only resistant to almost all insects and diseases, but they are also extremely disease-resistant, so plum trees are the best fruit trees to grow in this state.

There may be a problem if you don’t have a big enough backyard. Plum trees won’t become that tall or wide, however, because they won’t grow to more than 8 to 10 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide, so you don’t have to worry about that.

After winter, deer, rabbits, and squirrels tend to come out of their hibernation in the spring and become hungry. The first plant they eat is plum, which they often consume in large quantities. Growing plums in North Carolina can pose risks regardless of the type of pests involved.

Similarly to oak trees, plum trees also do not do well in wet conditions. Typically, this type of tree is recommended to be planted in a well-draining area of your yard, as well as an area where you will get long periods of direct sunlight.

For having success with plum trees, the biggest tip I can give is that they should be pruned regularly. Plum trees will only bear fruit after 5-6 years of growing, but pruning the tree will encourage it to grow and produce more plums.

Spice Zee NectaPlum™ Tree

Make sure that your landscape design includes this gorgeous tree in the center. In the springtime, the bright reddish-purple leaves as well as the stunning purple and pink blossoms will dazzle you with their beauty.

Having been created by the genius hybridizers of Zaiger Genetics, in the years following its introduction, Spice Zee NectaPlum was carefully hand-pollinated by the breeders. Basically, it is the product of cross-pollination undertaken by related trees, resulting in a natural cross-pollination process.

This is one of those foods that is out of this world in terms of taste. There has never been a fruit like SpiceZee so I can honestly say you haven’t tasted anything like it. It’s the very first NectaPlum on the planet.

Taste tests consistently rank this fruit as one of the highest-scoring fruit pieces of all time. Spice Zee’s richest flavor is obtained when it is grown at home and harvested at the absolute peak of ripeness.

Superior Plum Trees

Superior Plums (Prunus hybrid ‘Superior’) are a natural cross between Japanese and American plums.,they’re highly recommended even in those northern climate zones.

Sub-freezing temperatures are no match for superior plum trees! As well as lower altitudes, they are also successful at higher altitudes.

Young trees begin producing when they are young. In the spring, you will be thrilled to see beautiful, great-smelling white flowers blossom.

It has a fire-engine red exterior with deep golden-yellow flesh. It’s hard not to love the rich flavor of these classic Plums.

Our experts say that nothing compares to plums picked directly from the tree. The fruits are best eaten fresh off of the tree, warm from the sun and tree-ripe. Jams, jellies, and desserts will be served as well.


French Improved European Prune Tree


In terms of its appearance, European French Improved, Prunus domestica ‘European French Improved’ is a medium-sized, long and oval prune that is produced during late summer.

It is named after its dark purple fruit that has a sweet, mild flavor to it. Known for its late-season ripening, this prune tree is productive and regularly bears fruit and is known for its large, juicy fruits.

In terms of flavor, French Improved is an intermediate variety and has a medium to rich flavor when fully ripe.

There are some freestones that are suitable for drying, but they are too sweet to be put in a jar.

This is a vigorous tree that can withstand cold and frost. It is a tree of high resistance to disease.


Emerald Beaut Plum Tree


The Emerald Beaut Plum Tree (Prunus salicina ‘Emerald Beaut’) boasts a striking light green skin and greenish-yellow to orange crunchy flesh!

With its large, fragrant white blossoms that burst into bloom in spring, Emerald Beaut stands tall and can be found in many gardens.

Stone fruit harvests begin late in the summer, and last for a long time. Two months or even longer can pass before they ripen!

Fruit that hangs on the tree stays crunchy and crisp as it ripens, but it continues to sweeten.

A ripe purple plum looks nothing like a ripe plum, but boy does it taste like one! You’ll be blown away by the sweetness of this Japanese Plum, and don’t let the green fool you!

Burbank Plum Tree

Developed by master plant breeder Luther Burbank in 1897, the Burbank Plum (Prunus ‘Burbank’) was considered his prized cultivar, and it was named in his honor.

This variety bears smooth, reddish-purple, orangey-yellow, mottled fruit that is perfect for home gardens and smaller orchards.

There is a distinct sweet flavor to the flesh of ambers. Throughout the ripening process, the flesh of the Burbank Plum retains its firmness and crunch.

There is some separation between the pit and this Japanese Plum, which is why it’s a semi-freestone. Preparation and eating are made easy.

This convenient trait of the tree extends the shelf life of the fruit, which is further improved in flavor with age.

During the spring season, your garden is filled with gorgeous white blooms that are fragrant and attract a wide assortment of pollinators.

A close second is the bright green foliage. The dense foliage makes for a stunning backdrop to the gorgeous fruit on this compact, fantastic tree.

Bruce Plum Tree

Bruce Plum Tree (Prunus salicina x angustifolia ‘Bruce’) grows well in low lying areas where summers are hot and dry. In 1921, A.L Bruce of Donley, Texas introduced this American hybrid plum to the home grower market. It is considered to be among the tastiest, driest and easiest to grow plums out there.

Bruce is a hybrid cross between an Abundance plum, a Japanese type cultivar (introduced by Luther Burbank in 1888) and the American Chickasaw plum of North America, which is currently the most widely grown in the U.S. You can combine the best traits of both of these parents when you grow Bruce Plum trees.

I have found that Bruce Plum fares well in hot and dry climates like the West, as well as heat and humidity conditions in the South. In low lying areas, it can be used without any problem even in the event of the occasional frost.