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Santa Rosa Japanese Plum
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The Santa Rosa Japanese Plum is an excellent tree for the first-time fruit tree grower and will give you the satisfaction of having tasty sun-ripened plums right outside your door, without a lot of fuss. The fruits have a deep crimson skin surrounding an amber flesh that has that classic sweet-tart plum flavor. Santa Rosa Plum is partially self-fertile, meaning that it will set fruit on its own, but if there’s another Plum Tree in the vicinity, you’ll get a bumper crop. After you’ve eaten your share of fresh fruit, you’ll be scanning cookbooks for recipes for plum cobbler, plum preserves, plum chutney, and plum dumplings. Mmm... now we’re getting hungry!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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The Santa Rosa Japanese Plum was developed over a century ago by the legendary plant breeder, Luther Burbank. Burbank had one of the greenest thumbs in the history of horticulture and gifted the world with over 800 useful new varieties of plants—many of them fruit trees, berries, nuts, and vegetables that still nourish us today. (The famous Russet Burbank potato was another of his creations.) Plant breeding is a slow, painstaking process, and for him to have brought so many improved selections to market is truly incredible. Burbank worked in California and named this tree after the city of Santa Rosa.
Not only will you get a yearly bonanza of luscious, wholesome plums each year, but your Santa Rosa Japanese Plum Tree will also treat you to a parade of delightful early-season blossoms. Santa Rosa greets the warming days with masses of sparkling white flowers that hug the branches, exuding a sweet fragrance that summons early spring pollinators to get to work. Plum blossoms have long been a motif in Japanese art, and you will know why when you see Santa Rosa lighting up your landscape every year.
How to Grow
Site your Santa Rosa Japanese Plum in a sunny, slightly elevated position (away from low-lying "frost pockets"), where late freezes are less likely to hit those early spring flowers. The soil should be fertile and free draining; if the roots stay wet for too long, they may begin to rot. Maintaining proper moisture and nutrition levels are critical, especially during the important establishment period. Using the Elements™ Watering System and Elements™ Fertilizer will ensure that you get it right. Do any necessary pruning in early spring to minimize the chances of infection. Although Plums are among the least demanding fruit trees you can grow, they are not immune to diseases that can strike from time to time.
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