French Petite European Plum
French Petite European Plum
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French Petite European Plum Tree

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Perfect Prunes French Petite European Plum Tree

  • Late Season
  • 800 Chill Hours
  • Create Sweet and Delicious Prunes
  • Gorgeous "Edible Ornamental" Tree
  • Wonderful Heritage Fruit Tree from Ancient French Orchard

A very popular variety for drying, French Petite European Plum Tree, (Prunus 'French Petite') produces luscious,dark purple fruit. Enjoy the plums fresh from your beautiful tree, or carefully dry into very healthy prunes.

These special trees have a wonderful history, as well. In the mid-1800s, a scion of the Agen Plum French variety was brought to California from an ancient orchard in France. You might in fact hear this variety called the French Petite D'Agen.

This heritage variety produces medium size, blue to purple oval fruits with a shallow suture. You'll notice a heavy bloom on the skin.

Prune plums contain enough natural sugar to dry in the sun without fermenting. The firm, golden flesh is also great for fresh eating and keeps well.

Try dehydrating them for a healthy snack on the go. They can be used in preserves, sauces and baked puddings, as well.

People have loved these ornamental trees in their home orchard for over 100 years. These trees are the "real deal" for prunes! Order today.

How to Use French Petite European Plum Tree in Landscape

Enjoy the delicious fruit, white flowers and gray-brown bark. This variety in particular is a stunning tree in its own right. Use it with pride anywhere in your landscape.

Allow it to reach its full height and spread, if you have the room. Plant at least 20 feet from structures and other plants. Measure from trunk to trunk.

Or, use backyard orchard culture to keep your trees smaller. Tip prune in summer for size control. You'll enjoy a more manageable harvest.

Create a hedgerow with several other varieties. Expand your season of harvest with early and mid-season varieties..

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant your Plum tree in full sun for the best fruiting.Ensure they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. The more, the better!

Plums are adaptable to many soil types, including clay soils. However, they do require the soil to be well-drained and fertile.

Improve your drainage by elevating your planting bed. Heap an additional mound of soil 18 inches high by 3 feet wide. Plant directly in that mound.

Prune to correct shape in late winter. If you want to keep your tree smaller for a more manageable harvest, prune for size control in summer.

This popular French variety is partially self fruitful. However, they always benefit from another European variety that blooms at the same time for best pollination.

French Improved, Mirabelle and Green Gage are both European Plums, so will pollinate your French Petite. However, the Japanese Plums are a separate type and will not pollinate.

Don't miss one of life's great pleasures. Order French Petite European Plum tree from the expert growers at Nature Hills today.

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

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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French Petite European Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus 'French Petite'
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Season