The majority of Southern California’s growing regions support plum trees, except the immediate coastal areas and low desert regions. Residents of the Southland have a nice selection of plum varieties.
In most climate zones, the following plum varieties make reliable production. You should be aware that with some varieties of plum, a pollinator will also be required, and that additional plums will need to be planted nearby as well.
The Santa Rosa plum is probably the best plum you can find in Southern California. It is a large, juicy fruit. An orange-yellow flesh with purple skin. In Western United States, it is considered the most popular variety of plum. A self-sustaining organism.
I love Satsuma plums because of their wonderful sweet and tart flavor that makes it my favorite. Small to medium-sized fruits with dark red skins and bright red flesh. You can eat it fresh or make jams and jellies with it. This tree requires a nearby tree of the Santa Rosa plum variety for cross-pollination to occur.
Damson Plum Tree
Plums like the Damson Plum (Prunus ‘Blue Damson’) are one of the most popular old varieties being grown in the United States today. Plums are delicious, and this hardy tree has a wide range of adaptability and fruit production! Since hundreds of years ago, it has proven its hardiness!
In spring, a soft breeze welcomes its branches with white blooms. Within a short period of time, those dainty blooms turn into tiny fruit that slowly ripens over the warm summer months.
It won’t take long before you can see how fully laden your tree is by late August. The plums produced by this plant have a delightfully purple skin and yellow flesh. Spicy and tart, this fruit is well known for canning, wine making, and preserves. You can also eat it fresh off the tree right out of the tree, still warm from the sun’s rays.
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!
In the spring, Emerald Beaut emerges into a fragrant display of white blossoms, erupting into a large, wide-spreading tree. There is a heavy crop on the trees in late summer, and the heavy bearing harvests follow on for much longer than any other stone fruit. You will usually see them hanging on the tree for at least two months once they are ripe. Fruits that are ripe continue to sweeten the longer they are hanging on their tree, but they maintain their crisp, crunchy texture throughout.
The color of a purple Plum when it is ripe is yellow to orange, and it doesn’t look like the typical purple Plum when it is ripe, but oh, does it taste the same when it is ripe! You should not be fooled by the green color of this plum – its sweetness will definitely blow your mind away!
French Improved European Prune Tree
‘European French Improved’, Prunus domestica ‘European French Improved’, is a late-season prune with an oval shape and medium size. Fruits are dark purple with mild-flavored flesh. Typically ripening between late July and mid-August, this shrub is prolific and a regular bearer.
French Improved prunes are medium and rich flavored when fully ripe and extremely sweet. Canning is not an option with this freestone, since it is too sweet. French improved prune trees are vigorous and cold-hardy.
Satsuma Plum Tree
There is nothing better than eating plums right off the tree from a Satsuma Plum tree that delivers a healthy harvest of plums that taste excellent on their own. Taking this route results in plums that are larger and firmer, which taste delicious and are juicy, making them perfect for eating straight off the tree.
Moreover, the Satsuma is more compact than the Japanese Plum, which is also known as the Japanese Plum. No matter where you live, you’ll get tons of fruit with minimal hassles, even if you live in a small space. Its juicy, firm texture distinguishes Satsuma plums from their European cousins.
Satsuma plums are prized for their sweet taste, delicious candied or eaten fresh from the tree. Satsuma plums can easily replace the plums you buy in your supermarket once you’ve tried them!
3-in-1 Plum Tree
Plum trees and the mouth-watering fruit they bear are not only beautiful to look at, but they are also easy to cultivate, meaning you can find many different varieties to choose from. The first question that comes to mind is whether there is enough room in your house for one or two.
Early in spring, the 3-in-1 Plum tree erupts with color, bursting with pale pink and/or white blossoms that are both fragrant and stunning, set against a background of dark green leaves that truly sets this tree apart from others.
You will have beautiful flower displays from these three cultivars for several weeks on end, depending upon the region you live in.
This tree not only provides a magnificent sight in the spring and summer, but also provides a spectacular display in the autumn as well. You will want to plant more than one of this magnificent tree, even though it is self-fertile, for its aesthetic value alone it is worth it.
Methley Plum Tree
Every year, this powerful plum tree produces an enormous harvest of plums, considered to be one of the most productive and beautiful of any plum tree.
One harvest, in fact, requires multiple picks to properly harvest it! Known for its pretty springtime blooms, it also has glossy green leaves that make it quite ornamental. It is an upright, spreading tree with pretty green leaves.
The Methley Plum tree just outside your door is the perfect place to pick tasty, sun-ripened Methley Plums that are just about ready to pick!