Candy Heart Pluerry Interspecific Plum Tree (Prunus salicina x Prunus cerasifera ‘Candy Heart’)
Candy Heart Pluerry Interspecific Plum Tree
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you crossed a Plum and a Cherry? While it may have never crossed your mind, luckily, it did occur to one of the most famous and successful plant scientists – Floyd Zaiger! After inventing the Pluot, Zaiger went on to create the Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum (Prunus salicina x Prunus cerasifera ‘Candy Heart’)!
A fantastic hybrid between a Japanese Plum and a sweet Cherry, that forms heart-shaped candy-sweet fruit! Close your eyes and imagine biting into a Cherry and then a Plum – that same combination of flavors, textures and colors gives you the sweet and complex flavor of a Pluerry!
This incredible fruit features skin that’s dark speckled red-purple. The amber-red flesh is slightly tart but very sweet. Cut one in half and you’ll immediately understand why it’s called a ‘Candy Heart’. The mouth-watering flesh is deep-red with golden-yellow highlights and is as sweet as candy! Plus, when sliced in half, it forms an adorable heart shape!
This remarkable tree is a smaller stone fruit that produces an astounding amount of Pluerries! Slightly smaller than a golf ball, they are the perfect size to pop in your mouth fresh, preserve into jams or jellies, or bake into pies. Containing a small pit that’s more like a Cherry pit than a Plum, these are a taste test-proven treat for fruit lovers!
Reaching peak ripeness around mid-August to September, Candy Heart offers an extended hang time meaning there’s no rush for you to harvest, so it’s also very convenient for the busy gardener!
If you want your neighbors in on this secret, plant your Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum in your front yard. It will surely become the talk of the town as a specimen and beautiful focal point!
The fragrant white blooms and many ornamental features this tree offers, combine to create a beautiful candidate for dual-purpose and edible landscaping! Highlight on a berm or show off in a front garden bed for maximum results!
However, you might just wish to keep these gems all to yourself, so instead plant Candy Heart Pluerry™ by your pool or patio in the backyard! These mid-sized trees cast pin-point shade and create fantastic screening for seating areas and garden beds. Either way, becoming lovely ornamentals throughout the landscape!
Prune smaller for an easy-to-reach harvest and ease working it into existing orchards and established garden designs! No matter where you choose to plant Candy Heart, you’ll want to plant a Sweet Treat Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum or a Japanese Plum nearby for cross-pollination. Not everyone has room for a second tree, so try this high-density planting trick found in our Garden Blog!
Wonderfully cold and heat resistant in USDA growing zones 4 through 9, Candy Heart Pluerry™ thrives in the full sun. Provide at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun.
Plant in moderate moisture in well-drained soil. providing young trees ample water while they become established. Be careful to not let them dry out between waterings. Afterward, you can reduce to moderate, yet consistent moisture access throughout the growing season.
Situate in an area protected from frost pockets, with good air circulation. Prune to keep an open canopy so that sunlight and airflow can reach the interior. Head over to read more in our Garden Blog for more Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Fruit Tree Care!
Plant in rich, organically enhanced, well-drained soil, and add compost and manure to further enrich the soil when planting. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the feeder roots. A generous layer of mulch retains soil moisture and insulates the root system from heat and chill.
With the combination of white early spring blooms and a summer’s worth of delicious fruit, the Candy Heart Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum won’t fail to surprise and delight you year after year.
|Common name||Candy Heart Pluerry Interspecific Plum Tree|
|Botanical name||Prunus salicina x Prunus cerasifera 'Candy Heart'|
|Harvest time||3 - 5 Years|
|Height||12 - 18 ft.|
|Width||12 - 15 ft.|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|