Japanese Plum 'Methley'

Prunus salicina

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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.


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.


On Jun 2, 2007, passiflora_pink from Central, 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!


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 pro... read more