Ozark Premier Japanese Plum Tree

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Radiant Ozark Premier Japanese Plum Tree!

  • Brilliant Burgundy-Purple Blushed Orange Fruit
  • Juicy Sweet-Tart Firm Flesh
  • Fragrant White Blossoms
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Great Fresh or Preserved as Jam & Jelly
  • Finely-Grained Texture
  • Mid to Late Summer
  • Semi-Clingstone
  • Beautiful Foliage
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Ornamental Specimen Tree
  • Shiro & Methley Pollinator Partners
  • 700-800 Chill Hours

What could be better than an easy-to-grow tree that looks beautiful in spring, summer and fall, and give you loads of delicious fruit? When you invest in an Ozark Premier Japanese Plum (Prunus salicina 'Ozark Premier'), that is exactly what you will have.

Early in the spring, your Ozark Premier Japanese Plum will be completely covered with clusters of brilliant white blossoms. You will enjoy viewing them as much as the bees will love pollinating them.

The Ozark Premier Japanese Plum produces large, burgundy-to-purple fruit with golden flesh. It is both juicy and tart, and a semi-cling variety.

You need to plant a partner in pollination for it, and another Japanese Plum such as the Shiro or Methley would be a good choice.

Once they ripen, you can enjoy them fresh or bake them in desserts or add them to other dishes to enhance the flavor of chicken or pork. If you want to save some of that flavor for later, you can make preserves or can them for later in the year.

Your Ozark Premier Plums will be ready for harvest in late fall. And you can always count on a good crop because it is a very consistent provider!

How to Use Ozark Premier Japanese Plum Tree In The Landscape

Offering 4 season interest, from spring blooms, the handsome foliage, the bountiful gems that form in late summer to the delicate branching structure displayed in winter, this is a fantastically beautiful tree!

The dark green foliage of the Ozark Premier Japanese Plum is a wonderful sight, and it alone deserves consideration and attention! Be sure to site this tree outside a porch, patio or favorite window where you’ll always be able to keep tabs on your blooms, your growing foliage and your developing bounty!

With this specimen tree planted in your front yard, you’ll have the whole neighborhood ogling at the spring display of glistening white flowers and the ripening red gems that will be dangling all over your tree each summer!

Plant as privacy and shade by your seating areas and patios where you’ll be able to reach out and pluck juicy fruit straight from the tree while basking in the shade! Outdoor garden rooms will receive a finishing touch with this ornamental beauty!

The size can easily be controlled with some pruning, ensuring any sized garden or orchard can accommodate this fantastic tree. While self-fruitful, you’ll enjoy a larger crop when planted with another Plum, so plant as a pruned hedgerow along your side property for definition and easy to harvest fruit. Most of us don’t have the luxury of large yards, so try this high-density planting trick to save space!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Your Ozark Premier Japanese Plum needs full sun for the most vigorous growth and best harvest. Provide at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun. Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8, these trees tolerate a wide range of conditions.

It prefers rich loam, but sandy soil will do and well-drained soil. You might want to mulch it with compost, manure, leaves, or grass clippings to give it more of the nutrients that it needs to produce its best crop.

For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.

Provide ample water for your young tree while it becomes established, not allowing it to dry out between waterings. Then reduce your watering to moderate, yet consistent moisture during the heat of summer and when fruiting. While drought-tolerant, it’s best to protect your investment by providing supplemental watering in times of need.

Prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior. Head over to read more on Plum Tree Care in our Garden Blog for more Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Plum Tree Care tips and tricks can be found!

This disease-resistant variety is very hardy and does well in high heat and drought. These smaller-sized, low-care plants are great for experienced and new gardeners alike!


Self-Fruitful but recommended pollinator partners:  Shiro or Methley

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6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
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Size Volume
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Size Volume
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Ozark Premier Japanese Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus salicina 'Ozark Premier'
Type Deciduous
Rootstock Prunus cerasifera (Myrobalan)
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moisture
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Fragrant Yes