Superior Plum Trees (Prunus ‘Superior’)

Superior Plum Trees

  • 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!

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.

Tips 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.

Superior Plum Trees (Prunus ‘Superior’) Details

Common name Superior Plum Trees
Botanical name Prunus 'Superior'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 12 - 15 ft.
Width 12 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White