History: As the name suggests, Mount Royal plums originated in the Montreal area where it was either found by French colonizers as a wild chance seedling or intentionally bred by Jesuit missionaries and French colonizers using plums brought over from Europe. Either way, the result is a lovely plum hardy enough to survive Canadian winters.
Why We Grow It: This European plum is a Canadian classic of excellent flavour and good cold-hardiness. The fruit is blue-skinned with jammy yellow flesh that is both sweet and spicy. The tree produces heavy crops.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4
Soil Preference: Sandy loam and loam, like plenty or organic material. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring.
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Moderately vigorous and hardy with a spreading growth pattern, produces heavy crops. Somewhat resistant to black knot.
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination:Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a European plum tree of a different variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present
Flowering Time: Middle
Ripens: Late August
Storage: Keeps about a week in the fridge.
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking
Size including roots:
50-80 cm, 1 year whip
100cm +, 1 year whip/branched (same pricing for trees branched or not over 100cm)