Superior Plum Trees

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Great Producer, Hardy Superior Plum Tree

  • Late Mid-Season With Dark Red Skin
  • Clingstone With Juicy, Super Sweet Yellow Flesh
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Japanese & American Hybrids
  • Precocious Start Bearing as Young Trees
  • Abundant, Consistent Harvests
  • Fragrant White Springtime Flowers
  • Large Fruit Great for Fresh Eating
  • Richly Flavored Plum
  • Attractive, Spreading Form
  • Grows up to 8,000 Feet Elevation
  • Needs 500 Chill Hours
  • Excellent Pollinator For Other Plum Trees

Widely adaptable and very cold hardy, there is a good reason why this hybrid plum was named Superior. These beautiful trees start producing early, and give you a consistent performance year after year.

Durable Superior Plum trees (Prunus hybrid 'Superior') are a natural cross between American and Japanese Plums. They are super hardy, and are highly recommended even as far north as USDA hardiness zone 4.

Superior Plum trees easily survive sub-freezing temps! They also do well at higher altitudes to 8,000 feet.

The trees start their productive life when they are young. After a gorgeous, great-smelling white flower display in springtime, you'll be so pleased to see the harvest coming on.

The large fruit is fire-engine red with deep golden-yellow flesh. You'll love the rich flavor of these classic Plums.

Trust us when we say that nothing tastes better than a plum fresh-picked from your own tree. Enjoy them straight off of the tree, tree-ripe and still warm from the sun. They'll also make amazing jams, jellies and desserts.

An introduction from the University of Minnesota fruit breeding program, you'll love this tree! Buy a couple of Superior Plum trees today and make your family happy!

How to Use Superior Plum Trees in the Landscape

This variety features a beautiful display of white blossoms in early spring, and a gorgeous harvest of crimson red large, lustrous fruit. It has a lovely, spreading form that is ornamental in its own right.

A fruit tree this pretty can be used as a special specimen tree. Why not bring the Edible Landscape trend to your front yard with a cross-pollination pair placed as useful lawn trees on either side of your front walkway?

People across the country are looking to maximize their space and feed their families homegrown fruit. Add Superior to your Victory Garden as a wonderful backdrop to annual vegetables and herbs.

If you want to grow multiple fruit varieties in a small footprint, try high-density planting. Create a 3-in-1 hole or a 4-in-1 hole with pollination partners that harvest in successive waves through the season.

For a boost in privacy, try a hedgerow of fast-growing Plum trees. They'll be a fantastic addition to your edible landscape.

Plant them as close as five feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Keep fruit trees small and manageable with summer pruning for size control. Midway through the growing season, tip-prune the new growth back by a third. You'll actually encourage next year's fruiting wood with this easy practice.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Plum trees where they receive full sun, with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Good air circulation is also important to maintain overall health. Give them space away from buildings.

Plums like well-drained soil, but aren't particularly fussy about soil type beyond that. Create a raised planting bed if you have poor drainage in your preferred planting site.

Give them a regular amount of medium water. Mulch the root system of your tree three inches deep.

This vigorous variety produces an abundant fruit set. For the best results, thin out heavy crops to increase the size of mature fruit. Optimal spacing is one piece of fruit per six inches along the branch.

In late winter, correct branch structure and remove crossing branches. Select one to keep, and remove the other. Work to create strong scaffolding branches at a 45-degree angle, like you would with Peach trees.

Hurry to place your order for Superior Plum trees today. People are on the hunt for this special hardy variety.

Plum Tree Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Superior Plum tree can grow to a mature height of 12-15 feet and a mature width of 12-15 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 Superior 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 Superior Plum trees are not 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! However, Superior is a perfect pollinator plant for other Plum Trees!

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Superior 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 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 Superior 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 Superior 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 Superior 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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0 - 19.99 24.99
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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Superior Plum Trees Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus 'Superior'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes