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PlantFiles: Japanese Plum
Prunus salicina 'Santa Rosa'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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:

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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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive a_night_owl On Jun 21, 2011, a_night_owl from San Diego, CA wrote:

We planted one in summer 2006. It started fruiting the first spring. Very prolific tree - it will produce way more than your family can eat fresh - you will either need to preserve or give away the fruit. :) We get between 60 and 80 lbs a year from our tree, and the bulk ripens in about a two week period starting mid-June in our area. There are a few stragglers, but for two weeks you will need to pick daily.

I'm in coastal southern California and our winter lows rarely drop below 49 degrees in the winter. Even though the books say this variety needs 300-400 chill hours it will produce heavily in areas that get pretty much no chill.

It oversets fruit, but it self thins (they just fall off before mature) so it's not an issue.

No problems of note. I have to prune annually (winter and summer) to keep it in bounds (too near a path) and it is fine with that kind of treatment. I removed a major branch a couple of years ago - taking off a third of the tree and it healed over nicely - even if you need to do severe pruning it bounces right back.

Positive vossner On Apr 21, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Planted in Fall 2009, producing fruit in Spring 2011. I have about 11 baby plums. Doubt the birds/squirrels will share.

Positive PinetopPlanter On Apr 15, 2010, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A beautiful tree, sculptural in appearance, especially with age. It has survived our severe winters (colder part of Zone 5), and provides a beautiful spring display, although fruiting can be off some years due to late spring frosts. When it does fruit, it is as spectacular as it is when in flower. More beautiful red plums than even a large family could possibly eat. I would not hesitate to plant this one again and again.

In our colder climate, the bloom stems seem to be shorter and the blossoms more 'bunched'

Positive mrs_colla On Feb 18, 2009, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

An over-bearing tree, in a good way!
My mailman hit my tree with his large round mirror last year, and about 70 baby plums fell off. I was devastated!

BUT the tree still had so much fruit I had to give it away.
The fruit is large, very sweet and so juicy you'll get it all over yourself!

Positive TexasACMan On Nov 20, 2008, TexasACMan from Kempner, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This tree is a heavy fruiter, lots of plums in the 2 inch size range. Takes our Texas heat and dryness very well. I planted this tree in our back yard about 10 years ago at about 2 feet high. It bore fruit the next year. The only thing that I've done to this tree in 10 years is a light prunning in the winter. No water or fertilizer, and has produced fruit every year except this year (08), we had 3 " of snow on Easter this year while this tree was in full bloom. Go figure, Snow in Central Texas, especialy on easter.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 20, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Juicy, tangy, flavorful. Reddish-purple skin, amber flesh tinged red. Late June in Central Calif. 300 hours. Self-fruitful.


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

Midland City, Alabama
Chowchilla, California
Fresno, California
Oak View, California
Pacific Grove, California
Rialto, California
Rohnert Park, California
San Anselmo, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Santa Monica, California
Westminster, California
Independence, Louisiana
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Cibolo, Texas
Garland, Texas
Kempner, Texas
Little Elm, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Layton, Utah
Grand Mound, Washington
Marysville, Washington

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