Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
On Apr 20, 2009, DrDoolotz from Urbandale, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
This plum, which I planted last summer, survived a bitterly cold Iowa winter with flying colors, and is now in bloom. I haven't had the fruits from it yet, but I'm just pleased to have one that is working in my zone 5a (sometimes 4b) garden!
On Mar 9, 2009, telosphilos from Little Elm, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:
A highly recommended plum for North Texas. Mine is currently very green and leafy in early spring. This is the common red plum you find all over the place. You've most likely eaten one of these plums without realizing it's name.
In our cool Western Washington weather Methley ripens in late July. I had to prune the tree each year to keep it from getting too big. It probably grows larger in our climate than in Texas. Bears early. Tastes great. Juicy, but not drippy.
On Apr 29, 2003, Stonebec from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:
This fruit tree is self-pollinating, good for gardens with limited space. Profuse bloom and fruit. You must be ruthless in thinning young fruit. Fruits need to be spaced one per 5-6 inches to get good size and to avoid breakage of branches from weight. Methley is good for southern gardens. Needed chill hours is less than 150. May need extra water in drought situations. Fruit is dark purple with light bloom on skin. Sweet and juicy red flesh. Makes wonderful jelly or jam without pectin. Good eating straight from tree. Harvest is in late May - early June. Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 bushels per mature tree. Fruit drop may happen in high winds. Prune only to remove crossed or weak branches. Bees, wasps, and birds are attracted to broken fruit, clean up drops frequently. Few bug or disease problems. May be used as pollinator for Burbank, Mariposa, and Satsuma varieties.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Indian Springs Village, Alabama Quincy, Florida Van Meter, Iowa Independence, Louisiana Eastover, North Carolina Eugene, Oregon Erie, Pennsylvania Bluffton, South Carolina Fort Worth, Texas Lakewood Village, Texas Manvel, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sutherland, Virginia Arlington, Washington