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Santa Rosa PlumPrunus salicina 'Santa Rosa'

  • Santa Rosa Plum

This Japanese plum tree fulfills two purposes in your yard — producing beautiful, white spring blooms and delicious fruit. The plums are large in size with red to purple coloring, ripening midseason. Their fine-textured clingstone flesh is delicious when eaten fresh, canned, or used in cooking.

While the Santa Rosa plum is a self-pollinator, you’ll harvest a better crop when planted with other Japanese varieties.

Hardiness Zones

The potted santa rosa 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

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 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 Santa Rosa plum grows in loamy, well-drained soils.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Yields large, red to purple, fruit with fine-textured clingstone flesh that ripen midseason -- great for fresh eating, canning, and cooking.
  • Produces showy white flowers in the spring.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 300–500. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Grows in a columnar shape.
  • Is self-pollinating but provides a better crop when planted with other Japanese varieties.
  • Can be susceptible to bacterial spot.

History/Lore

This Japanese plum variety was developed by Luther Burbank of Santa Rosa, California, and introduced in 1906.