A cultivar of Japanese plum, Methley is a handsome tree that is small, upright and spreading. It produces heavy, annual crops of juicy, sweet, red purple fruit that ripens from late May to early July, depending on location. The fruit is juicy, sweet and mild with a distinctive flavor—good for fresh eating or jelly.
This is a self-fertile tree, meaning it doesn’t require another tree to produce fruit. But planting two or more is recommended for a better crop. The Methley plum also serves as a good pollinator for other early bearing Japanese varieties.