Can YOU  Really Grow A Plum Tree
HERE  In North Florida?

You Betcha!

Here in Zones 8b-9  >>>  

We Recommend:

Scarlet Beauty Plum:    Prunus "Scarlet Beauty"

. . .  one of the best self-pollinating plums for our mild climate. 
That means you can have fruit with just one tree.

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Here's proof from our nursery!

Scarlett Beauty plum

​Scarlet Beauty is one of the first plums of the season to ripen, right after the Hypoluxa (see below).

When grown organically, it has excellent flavor and is very juicy. 

​The Scarlet Beauty is a very early blooming, low chill, Japanese style plum with bright red skin and scarlet streaked flesh. It has medium sized fruit with excellent flavor and softens rapidly. Very heavy bearing. 

While it is a self pollinating variety, it generally produces even better if cross-pollinated.  It requires only 150 chill hours and is well suited to zones 8b-9, and possibly 10.     (Some nurseries also include  zone 7, but that's a bit colder than 150 chill hours.)

Scarlet Beauty PLUM TREE
Best self-pollinating plum for zones 8b-9; blooms in Feb/Mar, ripens in early May; needs only 150 chill hours; medium sized fruits with bright red skin and scarlet streaked amber flesh;
approx 5' tall / 5/8" calipers (trunk size) / 3gal pots

'Hypoluxa' Plum:    Prunus "Hypoluxa"

. . .  another terrific self-pollinating plums for our mild climate. 
That means you can have fruit with just one tree.

Hypoluxa is a little known variety of European plum that does well in the Central & North Central FL landscape.

At just 200 chill hours, Hypoluxa is another low chill variety, perfect for the lower half of zone 9 planting. It is a purple-red skinned, medium sized plum that is generally the first plum of the season to ripen, very early in May, even before the Scarlet Beauty.   Red flesh with lots of juice and quite sweet tasting.

What's neat about the European plums, is they are generally sweeter than the Japanese plums, hold on the tree a bit longer, and last longer after picking -- that is if you can resist eating them. And Hypoluxa is no exception: the skin is sweeter and not 'tough' like the older or more traditional varieties like the 'Gulf' series of plums.

That said, Hypoluxa makes a great compliment to the Scarlet Beauty. It's a more purply color, slightly different flavors, and ripens two weeks sooner, effectively extending your harvest season for longer when you plant both.

And For Our Colder Winters: (in North Florida)

We Recommend:

Santa Rosa Plum:  Prunus "Santa Rosa"

Santa Rosa PLUM TREE
Another Japanese type semi-self-pollinating plum for zones 7-9a; blooms in Mar, ripens in July/Aug; needs 400-500 chill hours; Large, reddish-purple fruit with firm, red flesh; freestone fruit;

If you live in Zone 8b, 9a or 9b:
We recommend growing 2-3 varieties of plums to accommodate the variety in our winters.  Milder winters will result in the Scarlett Beauty bearing prolifically, while the Santa Rosa will thrive on much colder weather. In severe winters,  the Bruce will produce the most fruit here.

Understand that young trees will not do as well with the weather extremes as more established trees.  You may lose a Scarlett Beauty altogether if you plant it and get very late freezes the very first year it blooms. On the other hand, a more established Scarlett Beauty will survive well, but not have much fruit if at all that year. 

But since you also planted a Santa Rosa, you'll have a great crop of plums anyhow!  Good for you!​

Santa Rosa Plum

Santa Rosa Plum:   
Prunus "Santa Rosa"

This extremely popular Luther Burbank original is one of the later ripening varieties for North FL.

It generally ripens closer to mid July, maybe even as late as early August. It is semi- self pollinating, but it produces a much more reliable and bountiful harvest when paired with either the Bruce plum or the Gold plum.

Medium to large sized, freestone, reddish-purple, with firm red flesh. It requires a minimum of 400-500 chill hours to set fruit consistently. Zones 8b to 9a would be about as far south as this variety would thrive, with barely 500 chill hours most years. Plant as far south as Brooksville.

Santa Rosa plum trees grow to about 12 feet tall.

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Bruce Plum is a prolific producer of very juicy wine-red fruit, on a medium sized tree -- approximately 12' tall at maturity.

Plums are juicy-sweet enough to eat fresh from the tree, and yet firm enough for canning.  Bruce requires 500 chill hours.

Best pollinators for the Santa Rosa:  Bruce & Gold

Bruce PLUM TREE
Large, big brilliant wine-red fruits, excellent for canning; very juicy; semi-freestone fruit; needs a pollinator. Medium-sized tree, weeping habit, a Chickasaw-Japanese hybrid; prolific producer; ripens late May-June, requires 500 chilling hours; Zones 7b-9a.

New for 2016:     GOLD PLUM

GOLD PLUM is a well-known, old Southern variety that has been a prolific producing backyard orchard plum.  Naturally develops a very large, wide canopy.

Gold requires a minimum 400 chill hours and works well in Alachua County down to Brooksville area, Ocala and the like. Grows in zones 5-9.

Gold Plum is a large, richly sweet-sour flavored plum that is green to yellow-gold and highly aromatic. A fully ripe Gold becomes more golden, is soft to the touch, and the sour flavor is more subtle.

Fruits ripen in late May to early June.

Gold Plum is not the same as the dwarf Gulf Gold.

Gold Plum fruit