French Improved European Prune Tree (Prunus ‘French Improved’)

French Improved European Prune Tree

The delightfully flavorful and ornamental French Improved European Prune Tree (Prunus ‘French Improved’) is a late-season Prune Plum that is medium-sized, and long oval-shaped with a glaucous dark purplish-plum skin. Featuring a sweet, mild-flavored flesh, the juicy interiors are a bright orange-apricot color with a freestone pit.

A rich flavored prune, French Improved is very sweet when fully ripe! It’s ideal for fresh eating, drying, or baking! Before you see fruit though, you’ll enjoy those fragrant white blossoms in the spring that will be abuzz with bees and butterflies.

Ripening in late July to mid-August, this Prune Tree is productive and a regular bearer and is a vigorous and cold-hardy tree! Thriving in growing zones 5 through 9, they’re healthy and beautiful and they store for a long time when dried as winter treats! This Plum is considered partially self-fertile that will produce best when planted with another European variety like another French Improved Plum tree, or the French Petite European, or Green Gage Plum.

Planting and Application:

Traditionally used in French orchards as both specimens and windbreaks that produce delightful fruit, you can easily find a place for this incredible fruit tree in your landscape! Plant with its pollinator for an extended and varied harvest of healthy treats while boosting productivity on each tree.

Tall and wide enough to not overtake your yard but to shade spots nicely, these are highly ornamental trees that pull double-duty in the landscape! From the white flowers, the lush foliage and delightful gems, these are fantastic focal points in the landscape. Plant rows for privacy and dense shelter for wildlife that will also enjoy these Prunes!

  • Fragrant White Blossoms
  • Sweet & Richly-Flavored Fruit
  • Purple Skin & Orange Interior
  • Dried, Fresh & Baked Goods
  • Specimen & Dual-Purpose Landscaping Ornamental

Tips for Care:

Easy-to-grow Prune Trees thrive in a wide range of climates and conditions so long as they are in full sun and well-drained soil. Provide ample, regular moisture and mulch, plus regular fertilizer to keep them happy.

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Mulch & Regular Moisture & Fertility
  • Prune When Dormant
  • ~700-800 Chill Hours

French Improved European Prune Tree will become your new favorite sweet treat and ornamental flowering tree!

French Improved European Prune Tree (Prunus ‘French Improved’) Details

Common name French Improved European Prune Tree
Botanical name Prunus 'French Improved'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3 - 5 years
Height Standard: 15 - 25 ft.
Width 12 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Widely adaptable
Soil condition Widely adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color White
Leaf color Green