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PlantFiles: Japanese Plum
Prunus salicina 'Methley'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: salicina (sah-lih-SEE-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Methley

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DrDoolotz On Apr 20, 2009, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) 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!

Neutral telosphilos 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.

Positive Kimes On Apr 21, 2008, Kimes from Arlington, WA wrote:

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.

Positive passiflora_pink On Jun 2, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Delicious sweet plums that all ripen at the same time. Do not store well so you have to use them all within a short time. Wonderful fresh off the tree!

Positive Stonebec 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:

Pelham, Alabama
Quincy, Florida
Van Meter, Iowa
Independence, Louisiana
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Eugene, Oregon
Erie, Pennsylvania
Bluffton, South Carolina
Cibolo, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Little Elm, Texas
Manvel, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Sutherland, Virginia
Arlington, Washington

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