Sugar Plum Tree

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Some things are just so perfect that they don't ever need to change. The design of a paperclip. A classic white T-shirt. Lemonade at a Fourth-of-July barbecue. Add to that list - the Sugar Plum (Prunus domestica 'Sugar')! This prune-plum variety is one of the oldest in cultivation but still remains at the top of the most-loved Plum lists every year!

The medium-sized fruits maintain some of the highest sugar contents of any plum, new or old. That means that it truly lives up to its name! You can trace its heritage from Asia, through England and into Germany whose immigrants brought it to America where they spread it far and wide!

The white spring flowers alone are worth the price and precious garden space. But, thankfully, the flowers turn to oval plum-hued fruit that you can enjoy eating fresh, dried or in preserves, jellies and canning. Don't let that keep you from getting this oldie-but-goodie, though!

Planting and Application:

Nothing is more lovely than a flowering Plum Tree! This self-pollinating tree stays relatively compact and works perfectly in today's smaller urban gardens. It doesn't need a pollinator partner to bear heavily for you, so if one is all you have room for, one is all you need! Versatile ornamentals, there's a wide range of applications for these picturesque trees!

You'll definitely want more than one once you taste this sweet fruit! Use as specimens and hedges for privacy, anyway that your unique yard will allow you to accommodate this fantastic old-world tree! You can even keep them pruned small to use in containers and large planters! Any full sun site will work perfectly!

  • Oval Plum Colored Smooth Skin
  • Freestone Greenish-Yellow Flesh
  • Self-Pollinating Fragrant White Blossoms
  • Old Fashioned Easy Care Tree
  • Smaller Compact Size

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant fruit trees in full sun for best yields. This is an old-fashioned biennial producer. It will give you a bumper crop every other year with a smaller yield in between those years. Keep an open canopy for good air circulation and plant in a well-drained location. These are moderate moisture use trees are very easy-care.

The Sugar Plum Tree is the proverbial oldie but a goodie! Order your Sugar Plum trees from today!

Plum Tree Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Sugar Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 12-15 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 Sugar 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 Sugar 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 Sugar 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 Sugar 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 Sugar 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 Sugar 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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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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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 Sweet, Attractive Plum Great for Drying

Luther Burbank is called the father of the modern-day plum. When he introduced his Sugar Prune in 1899, he said that it was 'close to the realization of my ideals'. He sought to produce a large, early, productive, handsome, easily cured, richly flavored prune with a high percentage of sugar and achieved it with the Sugar Plum.

In the late 1880's, Burbank made crosses using the Petite d' Agen prune (French prune). Burbank chose seedlings with large leaves, prominent buds and strong heavy wood with short nodes. The original selections were grafted on to Japanese plum rootstock, because that was all Burbank had available at the time.

Due to the incompatibility of the European plum with the Japanese plum, over one half of all the grafted seedling failed. A few that were grown on there own root survived. However, the one that produced the ideal variety, the Sugar Prune, was one of the few grafted varieties that survived to produce fruit.

The Sugar Prune fruited the second year, which was unusual for European plums of the time but was considered by Burbank another esteemed quality of the variety. The large size of the Sugar Prune was an immediate hit with the growers. It was reported that 57 pieces of fruit were required for one pound cured of the French Prune, while only 39 pieces of fruit were required for one pound cured of the Sugar Prune.

With these production increases for the same real estate, it's easy to see why commercial growers preferred the new Sugar Prune. Ironically, the French Prune remained the main variety for drying well into the 20th Century.

Sugar Prune was also favored for its early ripening quality. Most prune varieties ripened a month or so later. In the popular fruit growing region of Solano County, California, picking in early August exposed the fruit to higher temperatures, which dried them clean and bright.

Today, the Sugar and French Improved (another Burbank Seedling) remain popular due to their great flavor and wide range of adaptability.


Sugar Plum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4 - 8
Growing Zones 4 - 8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus domestica 'Sugar'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes