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Methley Plum Tree


Begins shipping mid-April.


Begins shipping
early September


An abundance of fruit!

Methley Plum trees are celebrated for their effortless cultivation, generous yield of delectably sweet fruit, and the enchanting aesthetic appeal of the tree itself. Originating in South Africa, this particular plum variety, known as prunus salicina ‘Methley,’ was introduced to the United States in 1922 and is classified as a Japanese Plum.

These plums are distinguished by their gentle, sweet flavor and their skin, which ranges from red to purple. The flesh is both juicy and red, and the plums are of the clingstone variety, meaning the pit adheres to the fruit’s flesh. The Methley Plum tree is notably prolific, consistently producing a bountiful harvest.

In addition to its fruit-bearing attributes, the Methley Plum tree is a striking ornamental specimen. Its impressive display begins with showy, fragrant white blossoms in early spring. During the summer, the tree captivates with the emergence of red to purple plums set against a backdrop of lush green foliage. Come winter, the tree’s graceful form takes center stage, rounding out its year-round allure.



Bloom ColorWhite
Bloom TimeEarly
Fruit ColorRed
Fruit SizeMedium
Ripens/HarvestMid July
Soil CompositionLoamy
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Shade LevelFull Sun
Years to Bear3-6
Hardiness Zone Range5-9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Standard  5.5 – 6 m tall x 5.5 – 6 m wide (18 – 20′ tall x (18 – 20′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Standard 5.5 – 6 m (18 – 20′)

Ship Height

Standard, Bare-root Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m tall (3-4′ tall) with a 9.5 mm (3/8″) trunk.
Standard Supreme, Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You’ll get fruit with only one plant!

How do I find my Hardiness Zone?

Canada’s Plant Hardiness Zones will tell you which plants will do well in your particular climate. Each zone is determined by the lowest average winter temperature recorded in a given area. Hardiness Zone information is included on all tree and plant product pages, so you know instantly whether a certain plant is likely to succeed where you live. Natural Resources Canada provides helpful options to find your zone:

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