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Santa Rosa Plum Tree

Santa Rosa Plum Tree

Santa Rosa Plum Tree

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Santa Rosa Plum Tree

The extremely popular Santa Rosa Plum tree deserves its position as the leading plum tree for home growing. This relatively compact tree is self-fertile and fruitful and produces wonderfully sweet and juicy fruit that you will want to eat one after the other straight from your tree.

The taste of the Santa Rosa plum is the cornerstone of its tremendous popularity. The medium to large sized fruit has the perfect balance of juicy sweetness and tartness, resulting in a rich, tangy flavor that puts your average commercial plum to shame. The Santa Rosa plum is also slightly more firm than the average plum, which means that it is well-suited to canning and cooking in addition to eating fresh. They can also be easily dried and stored so you can continue to enjoy them for many months.

The Santa Rosa Plum is a lovely tree that can grow to 20 to 25 feet in height and ten to 20 feet in width. The Santa Rosa blooms with an abundance of white blossoms in May, and ripe, purple-red plums are ready to harvest by late July. Under ideal conditions, this plum tree will yield a remarkably abundant harvest and allow you to indulge in juicy plums to your heart's content.

Our trees have been professionally pruned to increase branching during their time in the nursery, which leads to greater fruit production. Before we ship your tree, we will prune your Santa Rosa plum one last time so that your tree arrives healthy and ready to begin producing a high volume of fruit.

Although the Santa Rosa is self-fertile, the tree will produce a somewhat larger harvest if you have another plum tree as a pollinator. The tree also requires approximately 300 chill hours in order to produce fruit. The Santa Rosa thrives in growing zones 5-10 and prefers a location with full sun.

The Santa Rosa plum used to be the favored plum of commercial growers, but this variety is now relatively rare in grocery stores. If you want to enjoy the sensational taste of this world-famous plum, join the ranks of home growers who know that the Santa Rosa is second to none.

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Compatible Growing Zone

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Growing Zone 5,6,7,8,9,10 Botanical Name Prunus?salicina (Santa Rosa)
Mature Width 10-20 ft. Mature Height 20-25 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 300
Drought Tolerance Good Spacing 15 ft.


Growing Zone 5,6,7,8,9,10 Botanical Name Prunus?salicina (Santa Rosa)
Mature Width 10-20 ft. Mature Height 20-25 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 300
Drought Tolerance Good Spacing 15 ft.

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.


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Due to the nature of certain cold sensitive plants, it is best to ship them during months with milder temperatures. Spring shipped items are identified on their product page, as well as information on Northern States that ship in spring. Most trees and plants we carry can safely be planted year-round, but you may prefer planting in warmer weather. If you would like to receive a plant earlier than designated or delay its delivery date, we are happy to schedule what’s most convenient. Just call us at 1-888-286-1004.

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Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.