Methley japanese plum trees
Methley is a Japanese plum (Prunus salicina), as opposed to the more usual European plums (Prunus domestica).
Methley japanese plum trees for sale
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(3m-4m after 10 years)
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Methley is probably the most suitable of the Japanese-style plums 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. It ripens in mid-July in southern England.
How to grow
Methley is potentially a heavy cropper. However, it flowers very early in the spring - in early March, which is well before European plum varieties, and 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.
Methley is self-fertile, but may cross-pollinate with other early-flowering cherry-plum varieties such as Countess.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Although generally considered a Japanese-style plum, Methley is actually a hybrid of Prunus salicina (the Japanese plum) and Prunus cerasifera (the cherry plum). It was introduced to the USA in the 1920s from South Africa.
- Gardening skillAverage
- Flowering group1
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
- Picking monthJuly
- Picking seasonEarly
- Keeping (of fruit)1 week
- Food usesEating fresh
- Country of originSouth Africa
- Period of origin1900 - 1949
- Flesh colourDark red
- Fruit colourPurple - light
- Fruit sizeAverage