Early Italian Plum Tree

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Delectable jewels, the Early Italian Plum Tree (Prunus 'Early Italian') features dark purple skin and fantastic self-fertile nature that saves you room! These oval glaucous fruits are super sweet and perfect for fresh eating and canning - but are especially well known for drying into delectable prunes! The freestone flesh is a yellowish-green when fresh and turns a gorgeous red wine hue when cooked.

Blooming with a flush of gorgeous fragrant white blossoms that will be fluttering with butterflies and bees. These are lovely ornamentals for anywhere in the yard and offer pinpoint shade. As natural dwarf trees, they can even be pruned and trained smaller in containers or even as Espalier! The Early Italian Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 8-12 feet and a mature width of 5-6 feet.

Early Italian is a good commercial quality variety that produces ten days to two weeks ahead of regular Italian Plums, ripening around late August to September in most climates. Ready to harvest before an early frost in colder growing zones. Prized for its smaller stature, and the fact it's self-pollinating, you won't sacrifice precious space in the landscape and smaller yards.

Planting and Application:

Also called the Early Italian Prune, the fruit is large and has a rich flavor. It is very sweet when fully ripe and is used as fresh, dried into the best prunes possible, cooked or canned. You'll have plenty to go around from this small tree but more is always the merrier! So plant with other fruit trees in a small home orchard or in rows with other fruits for a dual-purpose privacy and screening hedgerow!

Prune Plum Trees look great in large pots and planters, and Early Italian can be kept small enough for balcony and container gardeners so long as you have some sun! Great wildlife trees, you'll have plenty to share with hungry visitors. You'll love sharing these healthy treats!

  • Oval Purple Fruit Handsome Foliage
  • Commercial Quality Prune
  • Large & Sweet Fruit
  • Fragrant White Blossoms!
  • Self-Pollinating & Freestone

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plum Trees are easy-to-grow and fairly pest-free. Widely adaptable, plant in a well-enriched, well-drained location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Early Italian Plums are vigorous and are cold-hardy. Provide moderate yet consistent water and a thick mulch layer over the root zone surface.

  • Full Sun
  • Average Moisture & Well-Drained Soil
  • Cold Hardy
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Moderate Fertility & Mulch

Early Italian Plum Tree is an incredible investment that won't take over your garden! Order your own small-space fruit trees and more, delivered to your door from 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.

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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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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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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Early Italian Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus 'Early Italian'
Type Deciduous
Size Dwarf
Mature Height Dwarf: 8 - 14 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes