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Plum Tree, ‘Bruce’

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This hardy, easy to grow plum is perfect for the home gardener!  ‘Bruce’ produces medium-large, juicy fruit with pale yellow flesh and a semi-acidic flavor.  Its deep red color is beautiful against a backdrop of lush green foliage.  Plum leaves are oval to oblong with scalloped margins and come to a point at the end.  Grow your own plums for fresher than the farm stand fruit or delicious jams!

‘Bruce’ is adaptable in a variety of climates.  It does well in the dry heat of the west, the higher humidity of the south, and the occasional frost.  This cultivar is gaining in popularity, particularly in the dry summer climates of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico.

A plum is a stone fruit tree in the genus Prunus. The fruit has a groove running down one side and a seed which adheres to the flesh on the plum. In the early spring, the plum tree will be covered in blossoms, of which half will eventually turn into delicious plums.  Careful early training, annual pruning, and shaping are required to insure healthy and productive trees.

Plant Details +

Botanical Prunus domestica 'Bruce'
Cultivator Type Plum, 'Bruce'
Height 10-20’ tall or as pruned
Spacing 12-15’ or as pruned
Hardiness 5-9, -10º to -20ºF
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Reddish-Purple with pale yellow flesh
Harvest Spring

General Information +

General Characteristics: Pruning: To maintain the health of your tree, remove weak, diseased, or injured branches. Keep your plum tree pruned in a vase shape. Choose three to five main scaffold limbs to encourage a full upright shape. Prune to avoid the formation of V-shape crotches. Once mature, trees will require little pruning.

Tip: Choose a site with loamy, well-drained soil. ‘Bruce’ does require a pollinator. Plant with any other plum tree.

Use: Great for canning and delicious in desserts!

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Water regularly as needed. Mulch may be applied to help the soil retain moisture and control weeds.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. After watering, if soil compacts, be sure to add enough soil to fill the hole to ground level. Fertilizer: Apply a balanced fertilizer annually.

Pests or Diseases: Resistant to disease