Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum Tree

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Must-Have Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum Tree!

  • Unique Plum-Cherry Hybrid
  • Deep Reddish-Purple Skin
  • Frosted Bloom & Speckles!
  • Equally Red-Purple Flesh
  • Super Sweet Flavor
  • Heart-Shaped Small Fruit
  • Perfect for Smaller Yards
  • Extended Hang Time Reaching Peak Ripeness
  • Lovely White Blooms
  • Fragrant - Calls Butterflies & Bees
  • Fresh Eating & Preserves
  • August-September Harvest
  • Ornamental Fruit & Tree Shape
  • Requires Cross-Pollination
  • 500-600 Chill Hours

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you crossed a Plum and a Cherry? While it may have never crossed your mind, luckily, it did occur to one of the most famous and successful plant scientists - Floyd Zaiger! After inventing the Pluot, Zaiger went on to create the Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum (Prunus salicina x Prunus cerasifera 'Candy Heart')!

A fantastic hybrid between a Japanese Plum and a sweet Cherry, that forms heart-shaped candy-sweet fruit! Close your eyes and imagine biting into a Cherry and then a Plum - that same combination of flavors, textures and colors gives you the sweet and complex flavor of a Pluerry!

This incredible fruit features skin that’s dark speckled red-purple. The amber-red flesh is slightly tart but very sweet. Cut one in half and you'll immediately understand why it's called a ‘Candy Heart’. The mouth-watering flesh is deep-red with golden-yellow highlights and is as sweet as candy! Plus, when sliced in half, it forms an adorable heart shape!

This remarkable tree is a smaller stone fruit that produces an astounding amount of Pluerries! Slightly smaller than a golf ball, they are the perfect size to pop in your mouth fresh, preserve into jams or jellies, or bake into pies. Containing a small pit that's more like a Cherry pit than a Plum, these are a taste test-proven treat for fruit lovers!

Reaching peak ripeness around mid-August to September, Candy Heart offers an extended hang time meaning there’s no rush for you to harvest, so it’s also very convenient for the busy gardener!

How to Use Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum In The Landscape

If you want your neighbors in on this secret, plant your Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum in your front yard. It will surely become the talk of the town as a specimen and beautiful focal point!

The fragrant white blooms and many ornamental features this tree offers, combine to create a beautiful candidate for dual-purpose and edible landscaping! Highlight on a berm or show off in a front garden bed for maximum results!

However, you might just wish to keep these gems all to yourself, so instead plant Candy Heart Pluerry™ by your pool or patio in the backyard! These mid-sized trees cast pin-point shade and create fantastic screening for seating areas and garden beds. Either way, becoming lovely ornamentals throughout the landscape!

Prune smaller for an easy-to-reach harvest and ease working it into existing orchards and established garden designs! No matter where you choose to plant Candy Heart, you'll want to plant a Sweet Treat Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum or a Japanese Plum nearby for cross-pollination. Not everyone has room for a second tree, so try this high-density planting trick found in our Garden Blog!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Wonderfully cold and heat resistant in USDA growing zones 4 through 9, Candy Heart Pluerry™ thrives in the full sun. Provide at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun.

Plant in moderate moisture in well-drained soil. providing young trees ample water while they become established. Be careful to not let them dry out between waterings. Afterward, you can reduce to moderate, yet consistent moisture access throughout the growing season.

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

Plant in rich, organically enhanced, well-drained soil, and add compost and manure to further enrich the soil when planting. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the feeder roots. A generous layer of mulch retains soil moisture and insulates the root system from heat and chill.

With the combination of white early spring blooms and a summer's worth of delicious fruit, the Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum won't fail to surprise and delight you year after year. Don't miss an opportunity to grow one of the most unique and rare trees in the neighborhood!

Head over to and order these truly stunning trees for your landscape right away!

Plum Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific 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 Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum trees grow? How fast do Plum trees grow?

The Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 12-18 feet and a mature width of 12-15 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 Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific 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 Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific 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 Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific 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 Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your landscape tastier by shopping for Plum trees at 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 Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum Tree today.

What shipping options do you offer? 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 Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum Tree for sale here at!

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.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus salicina x Prunus cerasifera 'Candy Heart'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes