Methley Plum Tree

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Great for Fruit Beginners Methley Plum Tree!

  • Gorgeous Reddish-Purple Fruit
  • Soft, Sweet, Mild & Juicy Fruit
  • Self-Pollinating
  • Drifts of White Spring Blooms
  • Fragrant & Call Pollinators
  • Mid-Season Harvest
  • Heavy Bearing & Strong Limbs
  • Highly Adaptable
  • Heat & Disease Resistant
  • Bruce Plum Tree Pollination Partner
  • Eating Fresh, Pies, & Preserves
  • Low 150-250 Chill Hours

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 sun where its showy, spring display and abundant harvest won't be overlooked.

Methley Plum brightens up your spring 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 mid-season, Methley will be weighed down with medium-large fruit. The beauty of the deep reddish-purple skin is only surpassed by the gorgeous deep crimson color of the flesh. Methley is soft, sweet and very juicy. Excellent for fresh eating, or jelly, jam and other preserves!

It is known as a heavy producer, its yearly crop is so abundant that you will need to harvest it multiple times! One of the best features of Methley is that, even though often laden down with fruit, it has very strong limbs. No worry about propping it up or thinning it out as you do with some other high-producing trees.

If you're looking for a Plum Tree that even a beginning gardener can be successful with, then Methley is for you!

How to Use Methley Plum Tree In The Landscape

An incredible ornamental tree, Methley takes the place of that boring flowering tree that is done for the year after its spring bloom. Great shaped trees, plus delicious fruit, this tree outperforms most other trees in the landscape.

The mature size is fantastic for the average-sized to larger orchard or yard, providing great shade throughout the landscape! Or, you can easily maintain this tree as a much smaller, easy to harvest, size for adding to existing orchards or landscape designs.

A Japanese Plum tree, this is a lovely accent for front yard garden design, this dual-purpose ornamental tree makes it easy to make your landscape plants fill your pantry as well!

Set a chair beneath the early spring blooms to watch the bees go about their business, or under the mid-season harvest and watch as your fruit ripens! Be sure to situate this tree outside your favorite window so you’ll always have a chance to witness its beauty throughout the seasons.

What other tree produces heavy annual crops of juicy sweet red-purple fruit while looking good doing it?

#ProPlantTips For Care

Fruit trees require full sun for best results, so give your tree at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun. Plant in USDA growing zones 4-9, Methle is very low chill, plus it blooms later to avoid spring frosts.

Plant in rich, organically enhanced, well-drained soil, adding compost and manure to further enrich the soil. Top with a hefty layer of mulch to insulate the soil and hold in more moisture! Water moderately, yet consistently to protect your investment.

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.

Head over to read more on Nectarine 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 Japanese variety features the simplicity of care and hardy nature that is often overlooked in light of its superior fruit qualities, but Methley is a Plum tree that truly has it all! Order one for your garden today at!

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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
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus salicina 'Methley'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 25 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes