Italian Plum Tree

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Easy-Care Tree & Versatile Fruit Italian Plum Tree

  • Superior Flavored Fruit
  • Dark Blue-Black Skin
  • Very Sweet Yellow Flesh
  • Dried, Eat Fresh & Preserves
  • Freestone Plums
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Adaptive To A Variety Of Soils
  • Pinkish-White Blooms
  • Fragrant & Calls Pollinators
  • Smaller Size Canopy
  • Lush Green Foliage
  • August Harvest
  • ~800 Chill Hours

Italian Plum Tree (Prunus 'Italian') is a fruit-bearing tree that provides a harvest of versatile fruit of superior quality. Delightful orchard favorites for a reliable harvest and versatility in the landscape and kitchen!

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 sweet, dark purple fruit. In fact, Italian Plums are among the most popular you can buy and often dried as prunes.

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.

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

How to Use Italian Plum Tree In The Landscape

Italian Prune Plum Trees form a dense canopy, and the size of these trees makes them fantastic for tucking into established landscapes and existing orchards! Perfect for shading garden beds and seating areas while still allowing the delectable fruit to be within easy reach!

An Italian Plum would be adorable near your front door where you can enjoy it every time you walk by. Plant outside a window where you’ll always be able to keep tabs on your developing fruit!

An ideal ornamental flowering specimen and accent tree for dual-purpose gardening use! These beautiful trees enhance the landscape year-round.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Plant one in a spot with good drainage and full sun although it will tolerate just a touch of shade in the hottest growing zones of 5 through 9.

Provide ample water during establishment, not allowing it to dry out between waterings. Watering older trees moderately, yet consistently during the heat of summer and when fruiting.

Adaptable to a variety of soil types, any fertile, well-drained soil is fantastic. Italian Plum doesn't need a pollinator to produce a harvest but does better with another European Plum pollinator. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

It's considered an easy tree to get established and can be expected to bear fruit within only two years. Low maintenance, prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior. Our Garden Blog has more Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Plum Tree Care information!

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 by ordering at!

Plum Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Italian 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 Italian Plum trees grow? How fast do Plum trees grow?

The Italian Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 15-20 feet and a mature width of 12-20 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 Italian 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 Italian 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.

When Should Italian 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 Italian 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 Italian 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 Italian 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

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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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
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus 'Italian'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years