Japanese Plums

Japanese plums are the species most commonly found in supermarkets.
Flavor King
Late-season  (1)  
Eat  |  In stock

Flavour King is a plum / apricot cross, with large sweet fruit, and can be grown in the southern UK. compare
Methley
Early-season  (1)  SF  
Eat  |  Sold out

Methley is a Japanese plum (Prunus salicina), as opposed to the more usual European plums (Prunus domestica). compare

More about Japanese Plums

The plums most commonly found year-round in supermarkets are Japanese plums of the species Prunus salicina. Compared to European plums (Prunus domestica) they are usually larger and and more spherical, and have a longer shelf-life.

Japanese plum trees need a warm climate without spring frosts, and with hot summers to grow successfully - they are grown commercially in California, Chile, and southern Europe. They can be grown successfully in the sunnier drier parts of the UK.

Despite the name Japanese plums originated in China where they have been known for thousands of years. Their cultivation spread via Japan to California in the 19th century, where they quickly became an important commercial crop. Many of the most popular Japanese plum varieties were developed in California.