Methley Plum Tree Overview
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Methley Plum Tree Great for Beginners!

  • Heavy Bearing, Delicious Fruit
  • Self-Pollinating, Spring Blooms
  • Heavy Bearing, Strong Limbs
  • Highly Adaptable, Heat and Disease Resistant
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The Methley Plum (Prunus salicina 'Methley') is a fast growing tree that produces an abundant harvest of sweet, juicy fruit each year. Plant one in full to partial sun where its showy, spring display and abundant harvest won't be overlooked.

Methley Plum will brighten up your spring yard with a flurry of stunning, snowy white blooms. Sweetly-scented, and delicate as a feather, the fragrant blossoms will drift through your yard on the gentlest of spring breezes

By midseason Methley Plum Tree will be weighed down with medium to large fruit. The beauty of the deep reddish-purple skin is only surpassed by the gorgeous deep crimson color of the flesh. Methley Plums are soft, sweet and very juicy. You'll find them excellent for eating fresh or used in pies, jellies, jams, and preserves

It is known for being a very heavy producer. Its yearly fruit is so abundant that you will need to harvest it multiple times each year. One of the best features of Methley is that, even though often laden down with fruit, it has very strong limbs so you won't have to worry about propping it up or thinning it out like you do with some other high-producing trees.

It has a medium growth rate and can adapt to a variety of soils. A self-fertile tree, Methley does not require another plum tree to produce fruit. Because only one tree is needed for large fruit harvests, it is perfect even for a smaller yard.

If you're looking for a plum tree that even a beginning gardener can be successful with, then Methley is for you. Its simplicity of care and hardy nature is often overlooked in light of its superior fruit qualities. However, Methley is a Plum tree that truly has it all. Order one for your garden today!

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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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Delicious Popular Plum Variety

South Africa's diverse climate zones run from east to west and are well known for the many different types of fruit they produce. Plums are one of the lesser varieties of deciduous fruit from South Africa. So, the odds of having a worldwide favorite plum that originates from there is slim.

The story goes that Willoughby Laidman Methley of Balgowan, South Africa received some Blood Plums from another farmer. The Plums, it was said, were growing amongst wild Myrobolan plum. These plums were eaten, and the pits discarded. A single pit, it is told, made its way to a dry wash and sprouted.

This seedling was cared for by L. M. Methley and, by 1900, was regarded for its good flavor. It was a tough, self-fruitful plant. Methley Plum was used as a parent to many different plum crosses over the last 100 years.

Due to Methley's smaller size and red flesh, it has been theorized that the cross was a Prunus cerasifera (wild Myrobola plum) with a Prunus salicina (Japanese Satsuma plum), but there is no true account of this cross.

It is often just referred to as a self-fruitful, widely adaptable Japanese Plum, Prunus salicina. As a matter of fact, Methley is one of the few Japanese plums that are self-fruitful and suited to both low chill and high chill climates.


Methley Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Botanical Name Prunus salicina 'Methley'
Mature Height Standard: 15 - 25 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years