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Methley japanese plum trees

Methley
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

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.

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Bare-root

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You can pre-order now for delivery from early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

How to grow

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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

Methley characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking monthJuly
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Cling-stoneClingstone

Problems

    Climate

      Identification

      • Country of originUnited States
      • Period of origin1850 - 1899
      • Flesh colourDark red
      • Fruit colourPurple - light
      • Fruit sizeAverage