|My Santa Rosa plum tree after it finally leafed out!! It is a bit larger now.|
Fruit is delicious and best eaten right off the tree. It only needs 250 hours of chilling time(perfect for you folks in Phoenix...just watch the sun AND this guy drinks water!). The fruit ripens early June to early July. It is one of the largest and most beautiful Japanese plums with a fragrant yellow flesh. It is a good backyard variety. The Santa Rosa Plum tree is self fertile(makes fruit on its' own) and one of the most popular plum trees in the United States with more than 30 percent of the country's total plum crop coming from this tree. This tree can grow up to 25 feet tall. There are currently no dwarf varieties for plums like there are for other fruit trees. They love full sun and thrive in any soil. It can be susceptible to Plum Leaf Scald, but I haven't seen this issue here in Tucson. Tucson has a variety of plum trees, but they are well hidden. To be honest, I have not seen any here, but gardeners assure me that people do grow them and have wonderful plums. It's like the "avocado tree" that everyone says grows in Tucson.....like a unicorn....don't think I'll ever see one! But the plum tree does grow here. The picture above is evidence. If you are a caring gardener, put one in your backyard. If you are a gardener who just likes a tree to fruit without any assistance, this is not the tree to plant. It requires a bit of TLC. This is the second post on Tucson Fruit Trees. Until next time, Happy Gardening!!