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Methley japanese plum trees

  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 1
Methley is a Japanese plum (Prunus salicina), as opposed to the more usual European plums (Prunus domestica).

Methley japanese plum trees for sale

Sorry we have not produced any trees of this variety this season.

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Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

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 seasonEarly
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating fresh


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