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Methley japanese plum trees

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

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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. 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 considered self-fertile, although in UK conditions it may only be partially self-fertile. It can 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 found in the 1920s in South Africa.

Methley characteristics


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group1
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates


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


  • Country of originSouth Africa
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourDark red
  • Fruit colourPurple - light
  • Fruit sizeAverage

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