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Potted Methley PlumPrunus salicina

  • Methley Plum - Prunus salicina
  • Methley Plum - Prunus salicina
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.

Hardiness Zones

The potted methley plum can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is a fruit tree, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces.

Mature Size

The standard Methley plum grows to a height of around 20' and a spread of around 20' at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of 8–10' with a spread of up to 10'.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Methley plum grows in a wide variety of soil types and has some tolerance for heavy and waterlogged soils. It prefers a well-drained, loamy, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil.

Wildlife Value

Plum trees provide food and cover for butterfly larva, birds and mammals.

History/Lore

Called Japanese plums, this species actually originated in China where it was cultivated for thousands of years. It was brought to Japan 200–400 years ago and now has spread around the world.