Italian Plum Tree Overview
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Effortless Plum Tree With Versatile Fruit

  • Superior Flavored Fruit
  • Freestone Fruit
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Adaptive To A Variety Of Soils

Italian Plum Tree is a fruit-bearing tree that provides a harvest of versatile fruit of superior quality. Plant one in a spot with good drainage and full sun (although it will tolerate some shade). An Italian Plum would be adorable near your front door where you can enjoy it every time you walk by.

Your Italian Plum Tree features a spring bloom of lovely pink and white blossoms, but it of course most beloved for its August harvest of delectable, freestone plums. In fact, Italian Plums are among the most popular you can buy and often dried as prunes.

They're incredibly versatile, being used in canning, cooking...and of course sumptuous right off the tree. The flavor is a rich blend of sweetness with a lemon-tart edge that sets it apart from the common taste of other plums.

Not only delicious and versatile, but also beautiful, Italian Plums are medium-large with a dramatic, purple-black skin and green-hued, yellow flesh. When cooked, the juice transforms to a deep red that is a breathtaking addition to culinary dishes.

Italian Plum Trees will grow with a dense canopy. It's adaptable to a variety of soil conditions. Italian Plum doesn't need a pollinator to produce its delicious harvest, but will do better if a pollinator is close at hand. It's considered an easy tree to get established, and can be expected to bear fruit within only two years.

For a Plum with exceptional flavor and a multitude of uses, Italian Plum is the choice for you. With very little effort, you can expect a heavy harvest of some of the most delicious plums you've ever tasted. Try one 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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20 - 49.99 17.95
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70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Super Healthy, Ancient Fruit

The history of the Italian Plum may be the history of the Prune Plum itself. Thought to have originated around 2,000 years ago in Eastern Europe, this hybrid of the Wild Plum is currently thought to be a 6x cross of Prunus cerasifera, most likely an example of natural selection and human selection working together to evolve a new species, Prunus domestica.

In ancient Rome there were reports to be over 400 varieties of European Plums cultivated. Most likely the modern Italian Prune Plum was amongst these many early selections. The Empress Plum, as the Italian Prune Plum is sometimes referred to, has been in cultivation for well over 2,000 years.

As early as the early 1800's, European Prune Plums were being planted and marketed in the United States. It is noted that by the 1850's, the Pacific Northwest of the United States and throughout California, Prune Plums were being planted and consumed locally as well as dried for shipping.

In the 1920's, the Oregon market expanded, particularly around the Willamette Valley where the Italian Prune Plum was the fruit of choice for both local consumption and export. The dry Prune Plum had become a valuable food source due to its ability to be dried, shipped and stored.

Some say that only the Italian Plum can call itself a "prune" when dried; and all other varieties of Prunus domestica just dried plums. This is most likely do to the high concentration of fermentable sugars. The Italian Prune Plum maintains its sweet flavor during drying and does not ferment around the pit as many varieties are prone to do.

Even though people wouldn't have been able to quantify the health benefits of the Italian Prune Plum historically, they certainly knew prunes were a healthy food source. Today, we know a lot more about why they are considered so healthy, including high concentration of valuable nutrients such as potassium, Vitamin C, the important B complex Vitamins, valuable antioxidants sourced in the dark skin and dietary fiber.

Although the Italian Prune Plum thrives in the typical arid climate with low winter temperatures and long hot summers similar to the region where it originated; over time the variety has been shown to adapt to a wide range of climates conditions. Today, the Prunus domestic (European Plums) are some of the most popular varieties of fruit grown in the colder regions of the world. The Italian Prune Plum is still one of the most popular home garden Prune Plum selections in USDA zones 5- 9.


Italian Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Botanical Name Prunus 'Italian'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years