Burbank Plum Tree

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Great Flavor, Heirloom Favorite Burbank Plum Tree!

  • Reddish-Purple Orange & Yellow Mottled Skin
  • Sweet & Juicy Amber Flesh
  • Distinct Rich Sweet Flavor
  • Firm & Crunchy Texture
  • Fantastic for Eating Fresh, Canning, & Preserves
  • Semi-Freestone
  • Early Spring Fragrant White Blooms!
  • Smaller Statured Tree
  • Bright Green Foliage
  • Mid-Season Harvest & Heavy Crops
  • Easy Care
  • Pollinators: Santa Rosa, Methley & Burgundy
  • Antique Variety
  • 400-600 Chill Hours

Named for Luther Burbank the master plant breeder, the beloved Burbank Plum (Prunus 'Burbank') was considered his prized variety, and it was named in his honor in 1897.

Fantastic for home gardeners and smaller orchards, this variety produces luscious fruit with reddish-purple and orangy-yellow mottled, smooth skin. The amber flesh has a distinctly rich and sweet flavor. Burbank Plum maintains its firm flesh and crunchy texture throughout the ripening period.

This Japanese Plum is a semi-freestone, which means it partially separates from the pit. Making for easy prep and easy eating. As an added convenience, the fruit hangs on the tree for a long time and continues to improve in flavor!

Spring brings gorgeous white blooms that are fragrant and call a host of pollinators to your garden! Followed close behind are the bright green leaves. The foliage fills out this fantastic, compact tree to become the perfect backdrop to set off the gorgeous fruit.

A very ornamental tree, the mature form is a spreading, flat-topped shape and the branches developing an almost weeping character. it creates a beautiful appearance in any garden or orchard! Modestly sized, it won't take up a lot of space, plus you can always maintain it at any height with minimal summer pruning.

The Burbank produces fantastic fruit that ripens mid-season, right around mid-July, just in time for summer barbecues! Use for canning, jams and other preserves, as well as fresh eating, grilling and cooking! The firm flesh holds up when baked nicely!

Requiring a suitable pollinator partner, it's best to pair Burbank up with Santa Rosa, Methley and Burgundy Plum Trees.

How to Use Burbank Plum Tree In The Landscape

A desirable form, space-saving size, gorgeous bloom set and lush foliage, Burbank offers loads of ornamental appeal for your landscape! Why settle for a flowering tree, when instead you can have it all plus delectable fruit?

A fantastic stand-alone specimen in the front yard or lovely side yard accent tree, about any sized yard or existing home orchard has room for Burbank and one of its pollinators! Prune to about any size to easily tuck into an established landscape.

When allowed to grow to full, mature size, these cast cooling shade over your seating areas and garden beds.

While the blooms and juicy fruit beg to be planted outside a window you often pass by! That way you'll be able to watch as mother nature changes the wardrobe of your Plum tree throughout the season's change.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Burbank is a naturally smaller-sized tree, featuring a graceful form that thrives across a wide range of climates from zones 5-9.

Fruit trees require full sun for the most vigorous growth and best harvest. Provide at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun.

Provide ample water for your young tree while it becomes established, not allowing it to dry out between waterings. Once settled, reduce your watering to moderate, yet consistent moisture during the heat of the summer growing season and when fruiting.

Plant it in well-drained soil that's been enriched with lots of organic matter. Provide a generous layer of mulch to better retain the moisture of your soil, as well as insulate the root system from both the heat and winter's chill.

Situate in an area that is protected from frost pockets and with good air circulation. Prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior. Head over to read more on Plum Tree Care in our Garden Blog for more Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Plum Tree Care tips and tricks can be found!

You simply can't go wrong with the unique taste of Burbank Plums. Luther Burbank used this variety in many of his hybrid interspecific fruit tree crosses, so it's also a historical fruit tree. We highly recommend this wonderful Burbank Plum Tree. Order yours at NatureHills.com today!

Plum Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Burbank Plum Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems that are already three to four years old, so you’ll enjoy fruit sooner than you would with younger trees! Expect young Plum trees to begin fruiting usually by the 2nd to 4th year after they establish in your landscape.

How big do Burbank Plum trees grow? How fast do Plum trees grow?

The Burbank Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 12-18 feet and a mature width of 12-20 feet. 

Once your Plum tree has been established (after the first year), it can typically add 13-24 inches of new growth per growing season. If your plants are growing less than that in a season, it may be worth your while to check the fertility level.

Where is the best place to plant a Burbank Plum Trees?

Plum trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more. Provide good air circulation and moderate, yet consistent water in well-drained, fertile soil.

Do You Need 2 Plum Trees to Produce Fruit?

The Burbank Plum trees are not self fertile, so planting more than one Plum tree that blooms at about the same time, boosts yields on both trees and extends your harvest time! 

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Burbank Plum Tree be Planted?

Bareroot Plum trees can be planted in spring when they are available in your area. Container-grown Plum trees can be very successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

  • Plant bareroot Plum trees in the early spring.
  • Plant container-grown trees anytime the ground is not frozen by digging a hole as deep as the soil line and twice as wide.

How Do I Find Burbank Plum Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your landscape tastier by shopping for Plum trees at NatureHills.com online fruit tree nursery. You’ll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely Plum tree varieties!

Choose the right tree for your area by first finding your USDA growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

Place your order, knowing it’s backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren’t sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest for those plants that ship in fall, winter, or early spring.

Shop the selection of mature Plum trees for sale at Nature Hills Nursery and place your order for Burbank Plum Tree today.

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Burbank Plum Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Burbank Plum, a Superior Variety

The Burbank Plum, Prunus salicina, is a prized variety that was named in honor of the master plant breeder himself, Luther Burbank in 1897. The Burbank Plum is a semi dwarf red, orange and yellow skinned plum with great flavor.

This variety was originally sent to him from a tree lot in Japan and became a favorite variety of Burbank's. He would go on to use it in many of his hybrid crosses.

Burbank is a natural semi-dwarf tree, reaching only 12'- 15' with a graceful, irregularly spreading form. It is adapted to a wide range of climates in zones 5-9. Its mid-season ripening fruit hangs on the tree for a long time, continuing to improve in flavor. This plum is a semi-freestone, which means it partially separates from the pit. It has reddish mottled, orange and yellow skin color.

The flavor is unique only to the Burbank plum, there is nothing else like it. With a deep, orange-yellow flesh and a very distingue rich, sweet flavor. Burbank maintains firm flesh that has a great crunchy texture throughout the ripening period.

The Burbank Plum can be held at any height with minimal summer pruning. Preferring well-drained soil and a full days-worth of sun; favoring the morning sun if possible. It is a great tasting plum on a tree that won't take up a lot of space in your yard. You can't go wrong with the Burbank Plum tree. Recommended pollinators are the Santa Rosa, Methley, and the Burgundy.


Burbank Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus 'Burbank'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes