Plum trees originate from China, Europe and America. They are typically heavy producers and grow nutrient-rich fresh fruit. You can eat plums raw or make them into jellies, jams or canned fruit.
Plum trees are large fruit-bearing orchard trees that grow to heights of 15 to 20 feet. All varieties of plum trees have white flowers with leaves that usually turn yellow in autumn.
Two common varieties of plum trees are European and Japanese plums. A third lesser known variety--grown in extremely cold regions--is the American hybrid.
Plum trees will grow in most soil types, but prefer good drainage, full sun and rich, fertile soil. In arid regions during the summer months, they require weekly deep watering until fully established.
Garden pests such as aphids can be a problem when growing plums. Use insecticidal soap to kill aphids. To prevent other garden pests, use a dormant spray containing Sevin when buds first show in the spring.
Don't expect to see fruit for least three to five years after you've planted your plum tree. Fruit trees require time to mature in order to bear fruit.
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