The delightfully flavorful and ornamental French Improved European Prune Tree (Prunus 'French Improved') is a late-season Prune Plum that is medium-sized, and long oval-shaped with a glaucous dark purplish-plum skin. Featuring a sweet, mild-flavored flesh, the juicy interiors are a bright orange-apricot color with a freestone pit.
A rich flavored prune, French Improved is very sweet when fully ripe! It's ideal for fresh eating, drying, or baking! Before you see fruit though, you'll enjoy those fragrant white blossoms in the spring that will be abuzz with bees and butterflies.
Ripening in late July to mid-August, this Prune Tree is productive and a regular bearer and is a vigorous and cold-hardy tree! Thriving in growing zones 5 through 9, they're healthy and beautiful and they store for a long time when dried as winter treats! This Plum is considered partially self-fertile that will produce best when planted with another European variety like another French Improved Plum tree, or the French Petite European, or Green Gage Plum.
Traditionally used in French orchards as both specimens and windbreaks that produce delightful fruit, you can easily find a place for this incredible fruit tree in your landscape! Plant with its pollinator for an extended and varied harvest of healthy treats while boosting productivity on each tree.
Tall and wide enough to not overtake your yard but to shade spots nicely, these are highly ornamental trees that pull double-duty in the landscape! From the white flowers, the lush foliage and delightful gems, these are fantastic focal points in the landscape. Plant rows for privacy and dense shelter for wildlife that will also enjoy these Prunes!
Easy-to-grow Prune Trees thrive in a wide range of climates and conditions so long as they are in full sun and well-drained soil. Provide ample, regular moisture and mulch, plus regular fertilizer to keep them happy. Don't forget to start your tree off right by planting it with Nature Hills Root Booster.
French Improved European Prune Tree will become your new favorite sweet treat and ornamental flowering tree! Order this and its pollinator today at NatureHills.com!
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.
The French Improved European Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 15-25 feet and a mature width of 12-15 inches.
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.
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.
The French Improved European Plum trees are 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.
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 the first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.
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 French Improved European Plum Tree today.
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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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Prunus 'French Improved'|
|Mature Height||Standard: 15 - 25 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|
|Pruning Time||When Dormant|