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Popular, Heat-Tolerant Plum Tree

Santa Rosa Plum tree is a deciduous, fruit-bearing tree with a lovely and delicious harvest.  Plant one in the front yard where your friends and neighbors can share in the beauty of its blooms and gorgeous fruit.

Lovely pink and white blossoms set the stage in spring for your Santa Rosa Plum Tree’s delectable harvest in late July/August.  The red-hued, purple skin of these lovely plums conceals a layer of red blush, then sweet, yellow flesh surrounding the center pit. 

The medium/large slightly firm fruits are perfect for canning, freezing, cooking, drying…or of course eating right off the tree.  Santa Rosa’s flavor is sweet with a slight tangy edge, perfect for a variety of uses. 

Santa Rosa Plum Tree grows 15-25 feet in height.  It’s a relatively hardy tree, adaptable to a variety of soils and heat tolerant.  It’s even self-fruitful, so you don’t need to have more than one to enjoy a healthy harvest.

Santa Rosa is an old favorite among plum lovers and still one of the most often grown.  A pretty tree, especially in spring and late summer, Santa Rosa a great investment in something that is both useful and beautiful.

* Delicious fruit
* Spring flowers
* Vigorous
* Heat tolerant
* Hardy
* Self-fertile
* Adaptable to a variety of soils

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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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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Very Popular Plum for the Backyard Orchard

Luther Burbank is undoubtedly the most noted hybridizer of modern times. He started working with plums in 1881, looking for a way to increase their marketability.

He sought out Japanese varieties of plum, Prunus salicina, which were not regularly planted in the United States at that time. In 1885, he received seedling from Japan and soon thereafter begins offering Japanese Plums to the market. The most noted introductions were the Burbank and Satsuma Plums, which are still available today.

Soon the demand for this type of plum increased, and Burbank set out to further improve the quality of the Japanese plum by crossing desirable characteristics from different seedling selections. At his Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol, California, he began crossing Japanese plums with other Japanese varieties, with European plums (Prunus domestica) and with wild plum varieties such as Prunus cerasifera and many others. In 1893, he began offering his own creations in his catalog 'New Creations in Fruit and Flowers.'

The most noteworthy plum from this catalog was the Perfection Plum. It was later renamed the Wickson Plum and is still available today.

Burbank would go on to develop and introduce over 100 varieties of assorted Japanese, European and what today are called interspecific hybrids, meaning crossing different species. One of these has become the best-known plum variety today, the Santa Rosa.

Burbank was not the best record keeper and most of the crosses he made were recorded in his head but not on paper. Also, the methods he used were far from today's standards for hybridization. He had made the claim for many years of bridging species but is wasn't until the early 2000's that this claim could be proven with DNA markers.

The Santa Rosa Plum is an interspecific hybrid of P. salicina x P.cerasifera x P simonii introduced by George C Roeding of Fancher Creek Nursery in Fresno, California in 1906. P. simonii was a popular species used in many of Burbank's crosses most noted for its small pit and firm flesh.

Santa Rosa, named after the town of its origin, would go on to become one of the most important plum varieties of the early 20th century. Santa Rosa remains one of the most popular fruit varieties planted in the home garden today.


Santa Rosa Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Prunus 'Santa Rosa'
Mature Height Standard: 15 - 25 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years