Opal Plum Tree
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Prunnus spp. Opal stands alone as the hardiest European type Plum available on the market. It is vigorous, productive and self-fertile. Even in short summer seasons, the fruit will reliably ripen. The plums are round, red-purple with a golden flesh and have a complex and sweet flavour, fresh or dried. Hardy to zone 3. We ship 18" trees. Plum trees cannot be shipped to BC.
Sold as: Pkg of 1
|1||Pkg of 1||$ 69.95 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 1||$ 59.45 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 1||$ 52.50 / pkg|
Important! Upon Arrival:
Keep moist and cool. Fruits and berries are shipped in dormant form so they can be transplanted out once the soil can be worked in the spring. Light frosts will not damage the plants as they are in the dormant stage. If you are unable to plant immediately, the plants can be stored for a short period of time. This should be a dark, cool (but not freezing) location such as an unheated garage, fridge or a cold cellar. They should also be kept moist, but not wet, until they are planted.
Unless you have heavy clay soil, there isn’t much to do in terms of soil preparation. You can add amendments such as compost or peat moss to the soil and/or a layer of mulch over the root area after planting will help retain moisture, especially during the first year. While it may be tempting to add fertilizer or manure to your freshly dug hole before planting your new tree, PLEASE resist! Fertilizer or manure in close contact with the root system could chemically burn the roots and potentially kill the tree.
Mont-Royale is a cold-hardy European Plum that is self-fertile. It is quite compact and will generally not grow taller than 12 feet. Plant in a sunny site with good air flow to reduce problems with disease.
Plum trees can get black knot which needs to be pruned out, a few inches back from the growth into healthy wood. This is best done in the middle of winter so the disease does not spread. Trees take 2-3 years to begin producing fruit.