PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Santa Rosa Plum (Prunus salicina)

Plums are tasty. Plums are easy to grow. Plums are typically incredibly fruitful. But most importantly, Plum trees can protect you from evil. In Japan, folklore sees plums as symbols of strength, endurance, and prosperity. The principles of Feng Shui describe evil as blowing into space on winds from the northeast, so a tree should be planted there to block the wind. Plum trees’ qualities lend themselves to this task of warding, guarding, and protecting a home and its land from trouble blowing in.

Originating in China in the Yangtze River basin, people began cultivating plums in Japan about 1500 years ago. Japanese plums (Prunus salicina) are one of the earliest flowering fruit trees with some types starting in early February and most others in March. They are seen as harbingers of spring, auspicious beginnings, and exquisite beauty. Also, the fruit is super yummy.

‘Santa Rosa’ plum is the one we are most excited about today. It produces large, three-inch diameter, reddish-purple round fruit. The flesh is golden yellow, sweet and juicy, with just a hint of tartness. They’re perfect for fresh eating & excellent for jamming. ‘Santa Rosa’ is largely self-fertile and will give you more fruit than you can likely use all by itself, but if you are a plum glutton, make sure there is another Prunus salicina variety nearby for a wildly abundant crop. Grows to about 15 ft. & likes a half day of sun or more.

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