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PlantFiles: Japanese Plum
Prunus salicina 'Shiro'

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

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eukofios On Jul 7, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

These are absolutely delicious, juicy plums. My tree is 5 years old and this is the 2nd year producing. Late frost can be a problem. I planted it near a Hollywood plum, then read that they don't necessarily cross pollinate, so now I'm adding a Methley plum. I also read that they self pollinate, and that they don't self pollinate. Even so, this year's crop promises to be my best so far. Should not be your only plum tree, but is worth adding to a mixed backyard orchard.

Positive wannadanc On Apr 19, 2008, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:

Shiro plums are not self-fertile, or only marginally so. The information on that aspect, as well as a correct cross pollinator, is anything but consistent. None the less, it is so WONDERFUL when you do get some fruit from it!!!!!! Wear a bib or lean forward to eat it - as it will explode with its juiciness!!

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 23, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my absolute favorite among the plums available today. Years ago we had a big yellow freestone plum that was better, but the name has been lost over the years and I never been able to find a cultivar that matched it. Shiro is a yellow clingstone but absolutely delicious. The tree grows rapidly to to the size of a peach tree. It does flower early and quite often the crop succumbs to late frost, but when you do get a crop its worth it. The trees are not long lasting so plan on replacing every 10-12 years.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama
Augusta, Georgia
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Radford, Virginia
Marysville, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Oconto, Wisconsin

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