Methley japanese plums

Methley
  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Methley is probably the best Japanese plum (Prunus salicina) for growing in the UK.

Japanese plums are much more widely grown around the world (including in Europe, but not the UK) and therefore available in supermarkets year-round, so you have probably come across Methley or similar varieties.

Like many Japanese plums, Methley has a dark red flesh. The flavour is milder than most European plums. Methley is self-fertile and easy to grow provided you have a warm sheltered situation.

Methley japanese plums for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

Summary features of Methley

Growing

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Purple - light
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

Pollination guide for Methley

Methley is in flowering group 1. Methley is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Methley japanese plums

Like most Japanese plums, Methley is potentially a heavy cropper. However, it flowers very early (well before European varieties) and in the uncertain conditions of a UK spring, this can put the blossom at risk from frosts or bad weather. For this reason it is best grown in a sheltered location with a warm south-facing aspect. The blossom is more abundant than with European varieties, and this adds some ornamental interest.

Japanese plums do not cross-pollinate with European plums, however this should not be a problem because Methley is a self-fertile variety.

Methley ripens in mid-July in southern England.

Historical details

Developed by Californian fruit enthusiast Luther Burbank in the late 19th century.

Botanical name

Prunus salicina 'Methley'


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