Flavor King japanese plums

Flavor King
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Flavor King is a pluot - an inter-species cross between a Japanese plum and an apricot. A pluot is usually 3/4 plum and 1/4 apricot, and the general appearance and flesh are indeed typical of a Japanese plum, as is the smooth skin.

The flavour is essentially that of an intense plum, but there is a sort of syrup-like smoothness that you don't normally find in a plum. The apricot seems to lend an almost gage-like flavour to the otherwise characteristic bland sweetness of Japanese plums, and there is also a hint of peardrop.

The stone is semi-clinging.

The blossom appears very early in the spring, and the flowers are somewhat larger than plum flowers.

Flavor King japanese plums for sale

Order now for delivery from 13th December

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - VVA-1 rootstock £35.95
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £35.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - VVA-1 rootstock £20.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock  less than 5 in stock £20.95

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Flavor King


  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 1?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly small?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?



  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


Pollination guide for Flavor King

Flavor King is in flowering group 1. Flavor King is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Flavor King japanese plums

Flavor King is only really suitable for growing in the south-east of the UK, because it flowers very early in the spring.

Flavor King is not self-fertile and needs to be pollinated either by another pluot or by a Japanese plum variety such as Methley, or by an early-flowering mirabelle such as Countess or Aprimira. It is possible that common early-flowering hedging species such as Myrobalan (Prunus cerasifera) or Sloe (Prunus spinosa) will also pollinate it, and possibly Jefferson gage, which is very early flowering.

It is a naturally precocious variety and, assuming there are pollinator trees nearby, is likely to start fruiting in its 2nd or 3rd summer.

Historical details

Flavor King was developed in California in the 1980s. The name is sometimes mis-spelt as Flavourking in the UK.

Botanical name

Prunus salicina hybrid 'Flavor King'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.