How & Why

How Old Does A Plum Tree Have To Be To Bear Fruit?

how long for plum trees to produce fruit? 
how long do plum trees produce fruit?
 how many years for a plum tree to bear fruit?

The plum tree is a deciduous stone fruit tree and is composed of two common species, the Japanese plum (Prunus salicina) and the European plum (Prunus domestica). It is reported that all varieties of plums bloom this late winter or early spring, and the fruits ripen between May and September, depending on the species, cultivar, and the weather. Plums used to make Japanese sake are hardy in  U.S.

The Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 10, while European plums thrive in USDA zones 3 through 9, depending on which cultivar they are. Some plum trees do set fruit on their own, but most plum trees require cross-pollination to set fruit.

In order to achieve fruit setting, you must plant two or more compatible varieties of plum trees together. Most trees begin producing fruit about four to six years after they are planted. To produce a good crop of plums, they require a cold winter climate, pruning and a good climatic environment.

It is important to keep in mind that the majority of ornamental plum varieties will not produce any fruit when pruned. If you want to get the best fruit crop, you should plant at least two plum trees, so that the trees can pollinate each other well. As long as you choose a self-fertile variety, you can grow a single tree if you get the right type.

One may ask, how can one go about getting a plum tree to produce fruit? There is a possibility that your tree is young and isn’t producing fruit due to the fact that it is not yet mature enough to bear fruit. A plum tree may not bear fruit for up to four or five years.

When the temperature fluctuates far too cold during flowering, the blossoms drop too early, and the plum tree is unable to produce fruit.

A lack of pollinators may be the cause of a variety of plum tree problems including shortened growth period and fruit drop. It is interesting to note that plum trees do not self fruit and require another plum tree of the same species nearby for pollination.