Burbank Plum Tree (Prunus ‘Burbank’)

Burbank Plum Tree

  • Reddish-Purple Orange & Yellow Mottled Skin
  • Sweet & Juicy Amber Flesh
  • Distinct Rich Sweet Flavor
  • Firm & Crunchy Texture
  • Fantastic for Eating Fresh, Canning, & Preserves
  • Semi-Freestone
  • Early Spring Fragrant White Blooms!
  • Smaller Statured Tree
  • Bright Green Foliage
  • Mid-Season Harvest & Heavy Crops
  • Easy Care
  • Pollinators: Santa Rosa, Methley & Burgundy
  • Antique Variety
  • 400-600 Chill Hours

Named for Luther Burbank the master plant breeder, the beloved Burbank Plum (Prunus ‘Burbank’) was considered his prized variety, and it was named in his honor in 1897.

Fantastic for home gardeners and smaller orchards, this variety produces luscious fruit with reddish-purple and orangy-yellow mottled, smooth skin. The amber flesh has a distinctly rich and sweet flavor. Burbank Plum maintains its firm flesh and crunchy texture throughout the ripening period.

This Japanese Plum is a semi-freestone, which means it partially separates from the pit. Making for easy prep and easy eating. As an added convenience, the fruit hangs on the tree for a long time and continues to improve in flavor!

Spring brings gorgeous white blooms that are fragrant and call a host of pollinators to your garden! Followed close behind are the bright green leaves. The foliage fills out this fantastic, compact tree to become the perfect backdrop to set off the gorgeous fruit.

A very ornamental tree, the mature form is a spreading, flat-topped shape and the branches developing an almost weeping character. it creates a beautiful appearance in any garden or orchard! Modestly sized, it won’t take up a lot of space, plus you can always maintain it at any height with minimal summer pruning.

The Burbank produces fantastic fruit that ripens mid-season, right around mid-July, just in time for summer barbecues! Use for canning, jams and other preserves, as well as fresh eating, grilling and cooking! The firm flesh holds up when baked nicely!

Requiring a suitable pollinator partner, it’s best to pair Burbank up with Santa Rosa, Methley and Burgundy Plum Trees.

How to Use Burbank Plum Tree In The Landscape

A desirable form, space-saving size, gorgeous bloom set and lush foliage, Burbank offers loads of ornamental appeal for your landscape! Why settle for a flowering tree, when instead you can have it all plus delectable fruit?

A fantastic stand-alone specimen in the front yard or lovely side yard accent tree, about any sized yard or existing home orchard has room for Burbank and one of its pollinators! Prune to about any size to easily tuck into an established landscape.

When allowed to grow to full, mature size, these cast cooling shade over your seating areas and garden beds.

While the blooms and juicy fruit beg to be planted outside a window you often pass by! That way you’ll be able to watch as mother nature changes the wardrobe of your Plum tree throughout the season’s change.

Tips For Care

Burbank is a naturally smaller-sized tree, featuring a graceful form that thrives across a wide range of climates from zones 5-9.

Fruit trees require full sun for the most vigorous growth and best harvest. Provide at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun.

Provide ample water for your young tree while it becomes established, not allowing it to dry out between waterings. Once settled, reduce your watering to moderate, yet consistent moisture during the heat of the summer growing season and when fruiting.

Plant it in well-drained soil that’s been enriched with lots of organic matter. Provide a generous layer of mulch to better retain the moisture of your soil, as well as insulate the root system from both the heat and winter’s chill.

Situate in an area that is protected from frost pockets and with good air circulation. Prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior. Head over to read more on Plum Tree Care in our Garden Blog for more Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Plum Tree Care tips and tricks can be found!

You simply can’t go wrong with the unique taste of Burbank Plums. Luther Burbank used this variety in many of his hybrid interspecific fruit tree crosses, so it’s also a historical fruit tree. We highly recommend this wonderful Burbank Plum Tree.

Burbank Plum Tree (Prunus ‘Burbank’) Details

Common name Burbank Plum Tree
Botanical name Prunus 'Burbank'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3 - 5 Years
Height 12 - 18 ft.
Width 12 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White