Plum tree

Prunus domestica | Also known as: Plum, Greengage | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

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Prunus domestica is a type of plum, the plum most commonly grown in Europe. If you buy prunes, they are most likely to be dried prunus domestica. It will grow to size of a small tree or a large shrub. It has thorns, and white blossoms that bloom in the spring. The fruit is juicy and edible. Some varieties are sweet, others have a tart flavour to them. The sweet varieties are perfect for eating fresh from the tree. The more acidic plums can easily be used to create a lovely dessert, perhaps stewed in a plum crumble. Plums are a healthy addition to your diet being a good source of antioxidants. The dried plums, or prunes are also tasty and have a laxative effect, a tasty way to combat constipation!

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 6.5
Spread [m]
  • 6.5 - 10
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • grafting
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Trees
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years