This wonderful self-pollinating fruit tree accomplishes two imortant purposes to the home gardener. It produces beautiful flowers in the spring and in the summer (July) the delicious fruit is ready to eat.
The Santa Rosa Plum Tree (Prunus salicina ‘Santa Rosa’) is a favorite among many home gardeners and fruit growers. This fruit tree is self-pollinating and can be used as a pollinator tree for other fruiting plums. The Plums this tree produces are known for their sweet, slightly tart taste and deep purple-red color. A fun fact about this fruit tree is that it usually takes fewer years to begin bearing fruit than other plum trees.
Aside from its ability to produce fruit, this tree adds ornamental value to gardens with its showy, pinkish-white blossoms in the spring. Plums are an excellent source of fiber and are high in vitamins A, C, and K. Also, this fruit's dark color makes it high in antioxidants too. You will need to give your tree full sun exposure and in the winter, be sure it will have at least 500 chill hours.
15 to 20 Feet
15 to 20 Feet
Broad leaved deciduous tree, spring flowering
Full sun to part shade, best color is in full sun
Round foliage growth
Light pale pink
Any well drained soil
Water well until established
Tolerates moist soil and full sun
Frequently Asked questions
Do Santa Rosa Plum Trees Need a Pollinator?
Santa Rosa Plum trees are self-pollinating. These fruit trees are self-pollinating and make for spectacular standalone trees for a small garden or landscape. However, just because these trees can stand alone does not mean they have to. These trees are excellent pollinator trees for other un-self-fruitful trees, like Cherry Plum trees, for example. You can grow a stunning amateur orchard with the help of these fruit trees with the proper care and growing conditions.
Why are Santa Rosa Plum Trees so Popular?
Santa Rosa Plum trees are one of the most popular plum trees for various reasons. These fruit trees are hardy across a range of hardiness zones, from New York to Florida or Michigan to Texas. A huge reason why these trees are so popular is that they are self-pollinating and do not require a companion tree to produce fruit. If you care for and prune your fruit tree, you will find Santa Rosa produces the most bang for your buck. These trees take up little space and can be kept at a manageable height while producing large crops each year. Well-kept trees can even produce two bushels of fruit a year if they receive the proper fertilization and pruning year after year.
Do Santa Rosa Plum Trees Produce Fruit on New Wood?
Santa Rosa Plum trees do produce fruit on new wood. You must prune your tree each year for maximum fruit production. To do so, prune the upper sections of your branches each year. We recommend that you prune your tree after its flowering and fruiting season. Typically this will be right as your tree goes into dormancy. Doing so will remove the previous year's growth and make room for new wood that will produce a new growing season of fruit and flowers.