Plum Trees – Prunus Domestica


Prunus domestica, commonly known as plum trees, are valued for their stunning flowers, delicious fruits, and contribution to biodiversity. They serve as ornamental and practical elements in gardens, supporting wildlife and fitting seamlessly into various landscape designs.


Plum Trees

Plum trees, scientifically known as Prunus domestica, are native to Europe and Asia. These trees are celebrated for their beautiful blossoms and delicious fruits, often seen in orchards and gardens.


Plum trees flower in early spring, displaying an array of white or light pink blossoms. By mid-summer, these flowers give way to the tree’s signature plums, which vary in colour from yellow to deep purple. These trees are moderately fast-growing, with a widespread root system and medium-sized leaves. Their bark is smooth, and the foliage offers a vibrant green hue. Plum trees, however, do not produce thorns.

Benefits for Nature

Plum trees are a boon to many species, offering nectar and pollen to bees and butterflies. The fruits serve as a food source for various birds and mammals. They maintain a moderate pollen level, minimising allergic reactions, and are non-toxic, making them safe for wildlife. These trees contribute significantly to the ecosystem by supporting biodiversity.

Landscaping and Design

In landscaping, plum trees are often used for their ornamental value and delicious fruits. They fit well in both formal and natural garden designs, providing striking spring blossoms and lush, green summer foliage. Their compact size allows them to complement other garden plants without overwhelming the space.

Preferred Conditions

Plum trees thrive in well-drained, fertile soils, preferring full sun exposure for optimal fruit production. They are moderately tolerant of wind but do not fare well in extremely dry or seaside conditions. These trees adapt well to urban environments, provided they receive adequate water and are not exposed to excessive pollution. To bear fruit, plum trees must mature, typically taking 3-6 years, and optimal fruiting occurs in well-irrigated, sunny environments.

Fun Fact about Plum Trees

An interesting aspect of plum trees is their longevity. Some varieties can live and produce fruit for over 30 years, making them a long-term investment for any garden. Their ability to adapt to different climates and soil types has led to a wide variety of cultivars globally.


Prunus domestica, commonly known as plum trees, are valued for their stunning flowers, delicious fruits, and contribution to biodiversity. They serve as ornamental and practical elements in gardens, supporting wildlife and fitting seamlessly into various landscape designs. Adaptable and long-lived, these trees are cherished worldwide for their beauty and bounty. Mature trees, typically after 3-6 years, provide the best fruiting under optimal conditions.

1. Style

Full Standard, Boxhead, Feathered, Multi Stem, Pleached, Half Standard Pleached, Umbrella, Half Standard, Espalier, Mini Standard, Ball, Cone, Spiral, Cube, Cloud Form, Cube Spiral, Cube Multiball, Cube Ball Cone, Pom-pom, Lollipop, Archway, Twisted Stem, Triple Lollipop, Multiball 2, Multiball 3, Dome, Cylinder, Pyramid, Cylindrical Dome, Twisted Stem, Unique, Bonsai, Instant Hedge, Instant Screen, Hedging Plants, Young Tree

2. Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root

3. Stem Girth/Height

4-6cm (H 1.2 – 1.5m), 6-8cm (H 1.2 – 1.5m), 8-10cm (H 1.2 – 1.5m), 10-12cm (H 1.5 – 2.0m), 12-14cm (H 1.5 – 2.0m), 14-16cm (H 1.5 – 2.0m), 16-18cm (H 1.5 – 2.0m), 18-20cm (H 2.0 – 2.5m), 20-25cm (H 2.0 – 2.5m), 25-30cm (H 2.0 – 2.5m), 30-35cm (H 2.0 – 2.5m), 35-40cm (H 2.0 – 2.5m), 40-45cm (H 2.5 – 3.0m), 45-50cm (H 2.5 – 3.0m), 50-60cm (H 2.5 – 3.0m), 60-70cm (H 2.5 – 3.0m), 70-80cm (H 2.5 – 3.0m), 80-90cm (H 3.0 – 3.5m), 90-100cm (H 3.0 – 3.5m), 100-120cm (H 3.0 – 3.5m), H 0.1 – 0.3m, H 0.3 – 0.5m, H 0.5 – 0.7m, H 0.7 – 0.9m, H 0.9 – 1.1m, H 1.1 – 1.3m, H 1.3 – 1.5m, H 1.5 – 1.7m, H 1.7 – 2.0m, H 2.0 – 2.3m, H 2.3 – 2.5m, H 2.5 – 3.0m, H 3.0 – 3.5m, H 3.5 – 4.0m, H 4.0 – 4.5m, H 4.5 – 5.0m, H 5.0 – 6.0m, H 6.0 – 7.0m, H 7.0 – 8.0m, H 8.0 – 9.0m, H 9.0 – 10m, H 10 – 12m, H 12 – 14m, H 14 – 16m


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